Father Christmas is coming to town…
In fact not just one but thousands of Santas can be seen on Saturday 3 December in London’s Battersea Park. They will be taking part in a 6km annual fun run to raise money for disabled skiers.
The event is organised by Disability Snowsport UK, the skiers and boarders charity which provides opportunities for those with disabilities to take part in skiing and snowboarding(http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/) . This year the run coincides with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
If each runner raises just £25, the charity should receive around £62,000 in funding. Every contribution helps this very worthwhile charity. For example, £40 covers a one-hour ski lesson, £100 buys three ski helmets, £500 covers the costs of a volunteer helper accompanying a group overseas, £1000 will fund the training and qualifications of an instructor.
All participants in the run receive a medal for their efforts; anyone raising over £250 will win a special goody bag; and whoever raises the largest sum of money will be presented with a crate of wine. Don’t worry if you don’t have a suitable Santa outfit – your entry fee includes a Father Christmas suit, so there’s no excuse for not dressing up!
To get everyone in the festive mood, there’ll be plenty of mulled wine and mince pies for competitors and spectators alike. So dust off your running shoes, don your finest Father Christmas costumes, register online at http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/, and join us at FamilySkiNews.com in Battersea Park on 3rd December for the start gun at10am.