Santa Run for EACH saw a record number of people take part in Bury St Edmunds

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity
Santa Run in aid of EACH charity
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Sunday’s Santa Run in Bury St Edmunds was the town’s biggest in its eight year history.

The annual event sees people dressed in Santa suits complete a 2.5km route through the town to help raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

Nikki Brown, Suffolk fund-raiser for EACH, said: “The run is absolutely vital to the running of EACH. We rely on the generosity of the local community for around 73 per cent of our running costs. With the money raised we reach out to life-threatened children and their families in the area through our three hospices and our care in the community.”

A total of 278 people of all ages and abilities took part in the event, which is expected to raise around £13,000.

Some ran or jogged while others completed it in wheelchairs, or walked with festive looking dogs or decorated pushchairs.

Carl Parnell, from Bury, took part with his five-year-old daughter Sophie and wife Emma.

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

He said: “Having a child makes you realise what the families go through and we support it any way we can because we put ourselves in their thoughts.”

It was the third such event for Bury friends Octavia Stoodley and Sally Walsh.

Miss Stoodley, 22, said: “I think it’s great, especially for the children - they just love it.”

Organisers had to make some last minute changes to the route after bad weather overnight forced closures in parts of the town.

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

Santa Run in aid of EACH charity

Mrs Brown said: “We had some challenges on the day with the Abbey Gardens being closed but we worked around it to make sure the event went ahead.”

EACH needs to raise more than £5.75 million in public donations every year in order to deliver its services to children and their families.

To find out more, go to www.each.org.uk

For more pictures from the event, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.