Caterham Santa Fun Run organisers counting funds raised
IT WAS ho, ho, ho more than 100 times over when Caterham's Santa Run took place on Sunday.
All 120 participants donned Father Christmas costumes or Santa hats in the charity fun run in Queens Park.
Among the runners was East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah.
He was joined by his wife of seven weeks, Nicky, together with members of his parliamentary staff.
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Also taking part – with a Santa sack over his shoulder – was David Plaice.
Mr Plaice, of Longsdon Way, Caterham, saw his dying wife Liz receive nursing care at the former Marie Curie Hospice in Caterham before she passed away three years ago.
He hopes to raise about £500 for the hospice, thanks partly to matched funding from his employers, Liverpool Victoria.
A group from Essendene Lodge School in Essendene Road, Caterham, also took part, led by head teacher Kishwar Ali.
Mrs Ali said: "People at the end of their lives should receive the best possible care.
"I have been to St Catherine's and seen some of the heart-rending work they do."
The 3.2-kilometre run was in aid of St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley, which runs a day care centre in Caterham for terminally ill residents.
There were medals and mince pies for the sprinting Santas at the finishing line.
Victoria Lawrence, the hospice's community fundraiser, said: "A day like this is very important to us.
"We need to raise about £5 million each year so we can continue to provide care free of charge."
The total proceeds from the event are not yet known, but Victoria hopes it will run to "several thousand pounds".