Santas put their festive feet forward for charity

Participants do the Mo-bot before the start of the Aurora santa dash. Picture: Andrew Roe
Participants do the Mo-bot before the start of the Aurora santa dash. Picture: Andrew Roe

THEY may not have been dashing through the snow but scores of Santas turned out for an annual festive fun run.

A sea of red and white covered Sandall Park at the weekend as plenty of generous folk donned their fancy dress costumes to take part in the Santa Dash event.

The festively-dressed fun runners were completing the Wheatley course in aid of Doncaster-based cancer charity Aurora.

Hundreds braved the cold to take part in the event, organised by the Friends of Sandall Park voluntary group for the Aurora Centre which offers alternative treatments to cancer patients and has bases at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital.

Meanwhile, even more Santas will be gracing the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

One of the runners who has registered includes six-year-old Kian Critchley - one of the hospice’s first ever users.

The Intake youngster, who has lissencephaly, epilepsy and cerebral palsy which means he cannot talk or walk and has to eat pureed food, has been using the facility since 2008 has been invited to take part in the one-and-a-half-mile fun run alongside older brothers Callum and Danny, aged 12 and 16 respectively.

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