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Over two hundred santas braved the showers on Sunday to complete CHICKS Santa Fun Run in Tavistock!
Men, women, children and plenty of four-legged friends donned their finest Santa outfits to complete the family-friendly route which started at Bedford Square and finished at the town’s bandstand in The Meadows.
India Semmence and Lily Nordmann, both 11-years-old and from Tavistock, said: “We wanted to join in because you get to dress up, it’s good for your health, and CHICKS is a good charity. It was fun, it was like watching a stream of Santas!”
CHICKS is especially grateful to Tavistock Rotary Club for its fantastic support organising the 2018 Santa Fun Run, Acronyms for sponsoring the event and Tesco Tavistock for donating a well-earned mince pie for each runner.
Kayleigh Young-Valentine, CHICKS Events Fundraiser, said: “We would like to sleigh a huge thank you to all the brilliantly bright Santas who took part in our annual fun run this weekend!
“Together this support has generated a vital income that will enable more children to enjoy a break at CHICKS over Christmas and in the months to come.”
Dave Smith, Managing Director of Acronyms, said: “It’s been a pleasure supporting CHICKS with their Tavistock Santa Fun Run.
“The charity provides much-needed support for those that need it most all year round.
“However, providing a Christmas to kids that may otherwise not have one is really special. Well done and thank you to all those who took part or volunteered.”
CHICKS runs week-long respite breaks for children from across the UK year-round at its retreats in the South West and Derbyshire, including a special Christmas break at its Coastal Retreat in Cornwall from 23 – 27 December.
Oliver Boyce, CHICKS Respite Break Training and Support Officer, who helps to co-ordinate the charity’s breaks explained: "At CHICKS we pull out all the stops to treat the children to a variety of fun and festive activities over Christmas, such as going to the pantomime and dressing the volunteers up as Christmas trees!
“Christmas morning at CHICKS has a magical atmosphere; you can almost feel the anticipation before the children open their presents! Many of these children would not have had a Christmas at all at home.”
Evie who enjoyed Christmas at CHICKS so much exclaimed: "I wish I could live here!".
CHICKS is currently running an appeal to help fund its 2018 Christmas break. To make a donation and give children living in some of the UK’s most desperate circumstances a chance to have the best Christmas ever, please click here.