Santa dash will help with final push for Preston charity drive

SANTA DASH: Volunteers from Heartbeat gearing up for the charity's first Santa dash

SANTA DASH: Volunteers from Heartbeat gearing up for the charity's first Santa dash

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The countdown is on to a Preston charity’s first ever Santa dash.

Cardiac rehabilitation charity Heartbeat will host the event on Sunday and will be joined by at least two Preston North End players. Folk are being urged to support the charity by dressing as Santa and dashing around the outside of PNE’s Deepdale stadium.

The Evening Post launched a campaign at the end of September to raise £37,000 for the charity. It provides rehabilitation, education and research for heart patients in Lancashire, and moving from its base in Harris Park, Fulwood, to the former National Football Museum in Deepdale.

The refit of the building is estimated to cost £285,000, and while the charity has used money from its reserves, it now needs help with the final push.

Heartbeat fundraising manager, Michelle Hunt, said: “We are looking for people of all ages to take part in this fun, festive event and help raise funds for Preston’s very own heart charity The event takes place at Heartbeat’s new home at Preston North End and starts at 2.30pm on Sunday.

“It will be a great family event. We have PNE players Scott Laird and Nick Anderton giving up their time to join us on the day and would love to see as many Santas, big and small, supporting them and Heartbeat.”

Registration is £10 per adult and £5 per child and this will include a full Santa outfit which will be given out at registration on the day.

There is a limited number of suits so people are asked to register sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

To register call 01772 717147 or email us at events@heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk

To register online visit www.runningdiary.co.uk/race/santa-dash-pne