A festive feel as Santas take on charity run for British Heart Foundation

The santa jog on December 4 raised 400 for the British Heart Foundation

The santa jog on December 4 raised 400 for the British Heart Foundation - Credit: Archant

A group of dedicated fundraisers from St Ives have raised £400 by holding a Santa Jog to support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.

The St Ives branch of the charity organised the event on December 4, which saw more than 30 people dressed in Santa outfits running an eight kilometre course through the town and then onto Houghton and back again.

This year’s event was the group’s third, but members are already making plans for a “bigger and better event” in 2017 and will be publicising details in the new year.

Branch chairman, Jean Chandler, said: “It was a lovely event this year with bright sunshine and a good number of runners taking part. We’re delighted to have raised an incredible amount of money for the BHF’s lifesaving research. It was a great day and I’m so pleased people turned out to fight heart disease, thank you to everyone who made it a success. We are looking for people to join our branch and help us organise this event and others throughout the year.”

Nigel Cole, BHF fundraising manager for Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, said: “We’re so grateful to the St Ives branch for organising the Santa Jog. Their incredible energy and enthusiasm is helping us win the fight for every heartbeat, and we would like to say a huge thank you to them for their on-going support.”

INFO. Anyone interested in helping out or joining the group should contact Jean on: 01480 469557. More information about the BHF can be found at: www.bhf.org.uk/localfundraising.