Hospice hopes Santa Dash has raised £25,000

Words and photos by Dave Barry

About 550 adults, children and dogs braved bitter cold and snow flurries to run in the annual Santa Dash.

Spectators lined the route, taking photos and cheering the runners and walkers, some holding fake beards in place, others pushing prams.

It started and finished at the Sealife Centre, where Santa costumes were dispensed under a grey, leaden, snow-filled sky.

There were three options. The 5k route went to Hairy Bob’s skatepark and back. The 10k route was the same but twice. And the 2k route went to the Sands and back.

It was in aid of Saint Catherine’s, which is hoping to raise about £25,000 in sponsorship.

Organiser Rhiannon Hunt praised the “fantastic turnout of 550 people who did not let the icy cold and snowy weather phase them.

“We were over the moon with the amount of people who came out and braved the weather. We loved seeing people of all ages embrace the festive spirit and dash along the seafront in their Santa suits”.

Fundraisers can take their sponsorship money to the hospice in Throxenby Lane, post a cheque or ring 378406 and make a payment over the phone.

The event was sponsored by TU Simple and Peace of Mind.

Rhiannon said: “We also want to thank the Sea Life Centre for their support and free entry and mince pies, the volunteers who marshalled, Andyhire, Scarborough Amateur Radio Society, McDonalds, Roundtable 88, Nicky from Motiv8, Loos 4 Ewe, Simpsons Travel and Don French Signs who gave up their time and donated items for the event”.

* Saint Catherine’s next fundraising event is the Scampston Scramble, at Scampston Hall near Rillington on 13 May.

It will feature a fun-filled obstacle course that adults of all abilities can wriggle under, dive over and splash through.

* Eleven staff at the hospice, about 6% of the workforce, are being made redundant as part of a “restructure” aimed at addressing “a significant financial deficit”.

Chief executive Mike Wilkerson said the process had been difficult and some tough decisions had been made but that “we are confident this has put us on a strong financial footing for the future”.

He said the redundancies were “mainly management and non-clinical roles”.