Santa and Festive Friends Fun Run around Lymington
On Sunday 3rd December 2023, nearly 900 people dressed up to take part in the ‘Santa and Festive Friends Fun Run’ organised by Oakhaven Hospice.
The 3km ‘Santa dash’ around the streets of Lymington starts and finishes in the High Street outside event sponsor, John D Wood & Co.
Now in its 14th year, Oakhaven’s festive charity fundraiser is known fondly by many as the ‘unofficial start of Christmas in Lymington.’ Whether dressing up and taking part or cheering on the Santas as they dash past, Oakhaven’s fun run puts a smile on everyone’s faces, come rain or shine!
Melanie Stone, Head of Fundraising, said, “We were delighted that so many Santas and festive friends dressed up and joined our fun run on such a grey and rainy day. It was great to see so many happy faces as everyone dashed, scooted, jogged and walked around town.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported the event - including everyone who took part, The Gym Tin for doing such a great warm-up and for starting the race, all the volunteer route marshalls, the supporters who lined the streets to cheer on the Santas and our event sponsor, John D Wood & Co.”
The total raised so far by this year’s Santa Dash is just over £13,000 with sponsorship funds still being submitted. To donate please visit oakhavenhospice.co.uk/how-to-donate
All funds raised will help Oakhaven Hospice support local people throughout the New Forest, Totton and Waterside areas at the most difficult of times. Did you know that as well as the ten beds in the Inpatient Unit, Oakhaven helps patients with life-limiting illnesses in their own homes - around 300 at any time? Last year Oakhaven cared for 1,394 patients and their families and loved ones, with around 3,200 visiting the Coates Centre to benefit from wellbeing support.
If you know someone affected by a life-limiting illness, who is a carer, or who is living with a loss, support is available at the Coates Centre. Visit oakhavenhospice.co.uk/wellbeing for more information.