Hundreds Of Santas Descend On Birmingham To Support Acorns

Santas from this year’s Santa Run at Brindleyplace

Santas from this year’s Santa Run at Brindleyplaceriz

More than 600 Santas descended on Birmingham on Saturday to raise vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The Acorns Santa Run saw festive fundraisers get suited-up for a sponsored dash around Brindleyplace, raising money to help the charity continue its work caring for local life-threatened and life-limited children and young people and their families.

The speedy Santas took part in either a 5k run, or a 2k Santa Stroll for those who wanted to take things a little slower.

Shujea Khatun, major events officer at Acorns, said: “It was a fantastic spectacle to see so many Santas in one place and wonderful to see so many friends and families having a brilliant time whilst raising money. A big thank you to everyone who took part – the atmosphere was magical and it feels like Christmas has well and truly arrived!

The West Midlands charity, which has three hospices, Walsall, Worcester and Selly Oak in Birmingham, hopes to raise around £35,000 from the event.

Shujea added: “Acorns relies on fundraising and donations for the majority of its income so events like the Santa Run have a real impact. It’s not only a great way of having fun but it also helps us carry on our work.”

The Santa Run is one of the charity’s most popular events and as a thank you to all those taking part; participants were given free entry to the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham.

The event was generously supported by Western Power Distribution which means all monies raised will go directly towards funding the £8 million plus a year it costs to run Acorns three hospices.