700 Santas took part in Birmingham St Mary’s Jingle Bell Jog this month – beating last year’s numbers by more than 200 participants.
The festive fun run took place at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club on Sunday 3 December and saw hundreds of runners dressed as Mr and Mrs Claus take on the 2.5k and 5k routes.
The Santas – who were given their suits and bushy white beards by the Hospice – could choose to run, jog or walk the course and were rewarded with a medal and tasty mince pie once they crossed the finish line.
There was also a festive market at the event, so merry runners and spectators could pick up Christmas crafts and last minute gifts.
Catherine Haines from Selly Park said: “This was our first time as a family on a charity run and we loved it. The atmosphere was great and even our three-year-old wanted to run and not sit in her push chair. She is showing off her medal to all her nursery friends. We’ll definitely sign up again for next year!”
This year’s Jingle Bell Jog is on track to raise an impressive £20,000, beating last year’s £15,000. All money raised will go towards the Hospice, which provides vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness.
Lucy Watkins, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “The Jingle Bell Jog really does kickstart the festive season and it was fantastic to see so many Santas join us for our event. Everyone seemed to be in the Christmas spirit on the day and it’s wonderful to hear why so many people are supporting our hospice.
“Thank you to everyone that put on a Santa suit and got jogging for Birmingham St Mary’s – your support will make a big difference to local families living with terminal illness. It will cost £22,000 to run our services this Christmas Day, so we truly rely on the support of local people to ensure we can care for everyone that needs us, whenever they need us.”
Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice supports 350 individuals across Birmingham and Sandwell – whether it’s at the Hospice, in people’s homes or in the local community.
The Jingle Bell Jog is part of Birmingham St Mary’s ‘Care a Christmas’ campaign – a festive appeal which aims to boost support for the charity leading up to and over the Christmas period.
To find out more about the Hospice’s ‘Care at Christmas’ campaign, take a look here.