Not just one Father Christmas, but 150!

On Sunday 4 December, 150 Father Christmases took over Southampton Common to raise money for the Brendoncare Foundation.

On Sunday 4 December, 150 Father Christmases took over Southampton Common to raise money for local charity, the Brendoncare Foundation. The charity supports older people through its network of around 90 clubs for older people, which provide opportunities for fun and friendship, the chance to try new activities and enjoy companionship on a regular basis. Brendoncare also runs 10 care homes across the south of England and its ‘Care for Life’ promise means that residents don’t have to leave their Brendoncare home, if their financial circumstances change.

This was the second year of Brendoncare’s Santa Fun Run, which saw people run, jog or walk a 3km route around Southampton Common. Designed as a fun, family-friendly day, the event saw all ages taking part. The first junior participants across the finish line were Ryan Wooden, Adam Fairbrother and Jake Higgins, all of whom are aged 10 years.

While sponsorship money is still coming in, so far the charity has raised over £2,000 from the run. This will support the ongoing costs of Brendoncare’s clubs, which have been hit by funding cuts this year, and help residents in the care homes.

The event was supported by Fit4Less gym and Lucy from Solent Sport, who provided a fun warm up for the participating Santas, Jason Shrubb Photography and Coffee Cruiser with a selection of warm drinks for everyone.

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