Photos: Santas on dash for charity cash

Hundreds of Santas took over Lancaster city centre at the weekend as they dashed for charity CancerCare.

More than a 100 runners dressed in red Santa suits took to the streets and raised £3,000 for the charity based on Slyne Road.

Lancaster Santa Dash for Cancer Care UK at the Market Square. Photos: Paul Simpson

Lancaster Santa Dash for Cancer Care UK at the Market Square. Photos: Paul Simpson

Mums, dads and kids of all ages walked and jingled along a one-mile route through the city centre dressed in red Santa suits and Reindeer antlers.

Penny Darby, CancerCare community fundraiser, said: “All the money raised from the event will help us reach out to more local families in need of our help so a massive thank you to everyone for their continued support.

“CancerCare also owe a huge thank you to the team of route marshals from FGH Security who generously donated their wages from the event and also to Inspire Health and Fitness who led this year’s warm-up on the main stage.”

Rory Wood, aged seven, from Lancaster raised £300 in sponsorship which won him the grand honour of turning on the Lancaster Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus.

All the money raised from the event will help us reach out to more local families in need of our help so a massive thank you to everyone for their continued support

Penny Darby, CancerCare community fundraiser

Also taking part was Christine Perry from Lancaster who completed the route using a walking frame that belonged to her late father, Arthur Bowen. Arthur sadly died earlier this year but had taken part in the Santa Dash since it began back in 2007.

Christine has managed to raise over £500 for CancerCare in his memory.