Santas of all shapes and sizes help Each

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THE accountants at Knights Lowe will be swapping pinstripe suits for Santa suits next month.

The Bury St Edmunds based chartered accountants and business advisers are not just sponsoring the sixth Bury Santa Run on November 27 in aid of the East Anglian Children’s Hospices (Each) but fielding a team of 20 people and one dog.

Even the dog has a Santa outfit.

Knights Lowe, from Suffolk Business Park, has sponsored the event since 2007 and senior manager Neil Sandry said: “Each is such an important charity and the Santa Run is a great way to generate funds and raise the charity’s profile whilst having festive fun at the same time.

“People typically think accountants are boring, but the Santa Run is fun and quirky and by sponsoring the event, and taking part, shows everyone that we love to have a good time and support a vitally important local cause.”

The Knights Lowe team will include Daniel Mead and his two children Lauren, 10, and Elliott, seven, plus Sidney the labradoodle who is taking his owner Sarah Healey-Pearce.

Each fund-raiser Nikki Brown said: “The Bury Santa Run is always great fun and is suitable for all ages and even well-behaved dogs on leads which is why Sidney the labradoodle is taking part.

“The route is wheelchair and pushchair accessible so there really is no excuse not to take part.”

Last year, more than 200 people dressed as Santas for the 2.5km (1.5-mile) run, which begins and ends at the arc, and raised £10,000.

Each must raise £4.8 million from public donations to deliver its services this year, which is more than £13,000 a day.

It cares for children and young people, from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, with life-threatening conditions and supports their families. Last year it helped 547 families.

It provides the services in the families’ home or at its hospices in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham

For more information about Each, the Santa Run and other fund raising events visit www.each.org.uk or call 01473 237243.