SANTA was celebrating this week after being promised an up, up and away trip after supporting a charity which cares for seriously ill children.
Bob Jones, of Barons Road, Bury St Edmunds, has taken part in every Santa Run organised by the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
He was presented with a hot air balloon flight as a thank you for his fund-raising efforts and last year his run raised a grand total of £1,020.
This year Bob plans to take part in the event with his granddaughter Bethan, who is three.
This year’s event is on Sunday November 27 when hundreds of fund-raisers dressed as Santa will run through the town and raise money for the work of the three hospices at Quidenham, Melton and Ipswich which offer respite care and support to children and families who have to cope with life threatening illness.
The hospices need £4million in donations every year to continue their work which equates to £11,000 a day.
Bob said: “It was a lovely surprise to be given a hot air balloon flight and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ve been given a lot of support from the church I attend, Southgate Church, and I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me to help such an important cause.”
Bob’s balloon flight has been donated by Breckland Balloons.