Santa Dash success at Danson Park

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Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s Santa Dash was deemed a huge success with over 200 people running, walking and jogging 5km around Danson Park in Bexleyheath. The event, in its first year, was held on Sunday, 25th November to raise funds for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice.

Community Fundraiser, Claire Rogers, said: “There was a great atmosphere to the event and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. We will definitely be repeating the Santa Dash again next year!”

“Events like this bring the community together and provide us with an opportunity to raise the necessary funds, enabling us to continue providing our specialist care free of charge to those who need it most in the Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley. Thank you to everyone who came along and took part.”

The 223 Santa’s set off on the 5km route at 10am, being cheered along by spectators, before filling Danson Park with a sea of red and white.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice hopes to raise around £6,000 from this event.

The Santa Dash was supported by Danson Stables who provided mulled wine and mince pies to participants with 50% of the profits coming to the Hospice.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice provides expert end of life nursing and medical care, support, and comfort for local people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Hospice does not charge for its services, and only one third of its funding comes from the NHS, which means it has to rely on the support of mainly local people, businesses, community groups and its network of 14 shops to raise over four million pounds annually to continue its work.

To find out more about Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice including details of how to support call 020 8319 9230, email fundraisingteam@gbch.org.uk or visit www.communityhospice.org.uk .

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