Sea of Santas bring early Christmas cheer to Derian House with over £15,000 fundraiser walk

More than 600 Santas dashed through the streets of Chorley as part of an annual Jingle All The Way charity walk to raise money for Derian Children’s Hospice.

By Emma Downey
Thursday, 18th November 2021, 9:37 am

Now in its fifth year, the popular walk has so far raised £15,000 for the hospice, with donations still flooding in.

The 15-mile trek from Chorley Little Theatre to the top of Rivington Pike and back took place last Saturday, November 13, with motorists beeping their horns and passers-by waving from pavements as the sea of Santas worked their way through the town dancing along to Christmas hits.

Organiser Neil Hailwood, Community Ambassador for Derian House, said: “The annual event continues to get bigger and better and as each year passes I become more and more amazed at the level of support we get from local businesses and volunteers.

“This is a community event which aims to raise awareness of the incredible charity that is Derian House, as well as raising much-needed funds. After missing 2020, it was great to be back this year with all of our Santas. I could not be more proud of the fantastic atmosphere created and the warm feedback from everyone taking part.”

Neil, a businessman from Chorley, began fundraising for Derian House Children’s Hospice in 2012 in memory of a friend’s son who died at an early age. He promised himself he would do something every year to raise vital funds for the hospice.

Over the years, he has walked, cycled, held online events and hosted the Jingle all the Way walk for five years, raising a total of more than £100,000.

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