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Thank you Santas!

Diabetes UK would like to say a huge thank you - and Merry Christmas - to all of the runners who took part in the Santa Dashes for us at the weekend.

The sponsored runs took place in Bristol, Liverpool and Sutton Coldfield on Sunday 6 December.



The first-ever Diabetes UK South West Santa Dash saw around 80 Santas of all ages accompanied by several dogs and a sleigh, crossing the Bristol Clifton Suspension Bridge and 'dashing' their way around Clifton.

Jan Tyrrell, Regional Manager of Diabetes UK South West, said: “The youngest was only a baby in the tiniest of Santa suits!

“Sunday shoppers were amused at it all and several children stood staring open mouthed, especially at the sleigh, beautifully constructed by volunteers.

“The sun shone just for the duration of the dash and allowed the Santas plenty of time to gather over mince pies, fruit and gingerbread men at the end of the run. It was a very festive sight.”

Sutton Coldfield

“Over 110 Santas joined us for the Sutton Coldfield Dash and the day turned out to be a great success despite the blustery weather," said Emma Rowley, Diabetes UK West Midlands Fundraising Administrator.

"We were delighted so many people joined us and we think we raised around £4,000 in sponsorship from the event. We’re now looking at organising an even bigger event next year."


Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Mike Storey started the Liverpool Santa Dash and the event saw over 3,000 Santas take part.

Rachael Goodwin, Fundraising Assistant at the North West office, said: ”We had 50 people dashing for diabetes.

”We won’t know how much they’ve raised until they send in their sponsorship money but we think we should equal or beat last year’s total, which is fantastic.

“The weather was wet but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the Santas! Thanks so much to all of you who took part!”

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