Acorns Children’s Hospice is calling on budding Santas to suit-up as Birmingham’s most festive fun run comes to town.

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Held to raise funds for the hospices in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, the Acorns Santa Run on Saturday 3rd December will kick-start the festive season as hundreds of ‘dashers’ suit-up as Father Christmas for a Yuletide run around Cannon Hill Park.

Registration for the event is now open for fundraisers to support Acorns and its work caring for life limited and life threatened children and their families across the West Midlands.

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All those entering will be given their very own fancy-dress Santa suits and participants can take part in a 5km Santa Run or there is a 2km Santa Stroll for those who want to take things slightly easier.

Rose Davie, events officer at Acorns, said: “Last year’s event was a really fun-filled festive day and this year we hope it’ll be even bigger and better. There’s loads for the whole family to do and see on the day including Christmas stalls and carol singers, so all we need now is for lots of speedy Santas to come along and make this the best year yet!”

Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for under 16s and includes a Santa suit and a medal. Under 6s are free and although they cannot be given a Santa suit due to size restrictions, they can attend in their own festive fancy dress.

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Rose continued: “The fundraising and sponsorship raised from events like the Santa Run are absolutely vital to provide the support our children need, so join us and help make this an extra special Christmas for those we care for.”

All routes are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs so the whole family can take part.

It costs Acorns almost £10 million per year to continue providing its specialist services, and the charity relies on fundraising from the public for the majority of that amount.

To sign up, visit www.acorns.org.uk/santa call 01564 82 5000 or email events@acorns.org.uk.