Get signed up for St Catherine's very first Virtual Santa Dash in aid of the Lostock Hall hospice

St Catherine's plans to stage its popular festive fun run simply won't be dashed.

By Gordon Mccully
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 8:56 am

Despite Covid, the hospice's supporters are gearing up to take on a new version of the event by entering its first Virtual Santa Dash

Families have started signing up for the Dash which takes place throughout the whole of December, to help raise much-needed funds for the Lostock Hall charity over the Christmas period.

Emma Jacovelli, the hospice’s head of community engagement, said: “We had a great response to our alternative Moonlight and Memories Walk in the summer when we were unable to host the main event, so we’re encouraging our supporters to get into the Christmas spirit this winter and complete our sponsored Santa Dash in much the same way!

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Buddy from Lostock Hall juniors football club promoting St Catherine's Hospice Virtual Santa Dash 2020.

“We’re urging people to run, jog, walk, or cycle three miles (or more) in a St Catherine’s Santa suit, spreading some festive cheer around their neighbourhoods, at work or school, all whilst helping to fund our specialist care for local people affected by life-shortening illnesses.

"People can complete the challenge any way they wish, all at once or over a few days or weeks throughout December.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our supporters’ photos and videos on social media, and everyone who takes part will get a Santa suit and a hospice medal.

“With all of the difficulties we’ve all been faced with this year, we think it’s really important to give our communities these types of opportunities to do something fun and rewarding, to get out of the house and enjoy that feel-good factor of doing something special for their local charity, and we really hope our Dashing Santas put a smile on people’s faces this festive season.”

Emma Jacovelli, Head of community engagement with Buddy from Lostock Hall juniors football club promoting their Virtual Santa Dash 2020.

Registration is £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Sign up at or call 01772 629171.

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