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Virtual Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle 2021

Anytime in December
Virtual, Nationwide
Fun runs
Event organiser:
Sponsorship Target:
£15 per person, £60 per family

Take part in Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle virtually!

The most tree-mendous virtual 2k is back for 2021, and it’s not all about Santa… it’s freestyle and free! 

If you're unable to join us at one of our Santa venues, this is how you can still part take part virtually! It’s time to go crackers with your festive fundraising... and your costumes!

  • When – anytime 3 - 24 December
  • Where – wherever you choose!
  • How – run, jog, skip or walk in the costume of your choice
  • Why - for local children living with a life-limiting condition this Christmas

So, dig out the tinsel, find your furry antlers, recycle your Santa suit and spread festive cheer in your Christmas gear. Complete your chosen sponsored route in your festive finery and if you raise £15 or over, we'll send you our special 30th Anniversary medal, so make sure you register so we know you're taking part!

Join our Santas on the Run Facebook group

Kindly sponsored by

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We put our customers first by supporting them when they are unable to work, when they become ill or when they lose a loved one. And as a mutual, we re-invest our profits into better customer service, more affordable premiums and payment of claims.

Festive fundraising for our families!

Fundraising with Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle is a festive way you and your family can raise vital funds to ensure that local children and families can continue to receive the care they need this Christmas and into the future.

To mark our 30th Anniversary we are challenging participants of Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle to raise £30,000 – here's how you can help!

We're asking participants to raise a suggested sponsorship of just £15 and when you do we'll send you a 30th anniversary medal!

Your fundraising pack with your running bib and everything you need will be sent to you in the post in November, but you can kick start your fundraising early by:

  1. Setting up an online giving page and sharing with friends and family on social media
  2. Collect coins on our coin collection card
  3. Collect sponsorship in our gingerbread house
  4. Print off a sponsorship form and ask friends and family to pledge sponsorship
  5. Set up Visufund page and ask work colleagues to donate in lieu of a Christmas card
  6. Join our Facebook group for festive fundraising ideas

Hold your own virtual event to raise sponsorship

  • Virtual festive bingo - email Kiley for information on how to organise one!
  • Virtual Christmas quiz – we can send you our template!
  • Christmas cookies and cake sale
  • Decorate your house in external Christmas lights and ask for donations! Your supporters can simply donate on your online giving page.
  • Organise a festive hamper raffle
  • Ask your child’s school to do a festive dress down day and bring in a donation.

Your fundraising makes a real difference to the 550 families we're supporting this Christmas – every penny counts so no coin is too small.

Santas on the Run FAQs

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Need help?

If you would like to find out more about this event just click the ask a question button to send us an email or give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

Call Kiley on 01726 871 800
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Festive fancy dress

  • Get creative with face paints
  • Sleigh it like Santa - dress up in red and decorate a beard
  • Rock it like Rudolph - make reindeer ears with baubles    
  • Twinkle like Tinsel - decorate yourself with baubles and lights 
  • Decorate a white t-shirt with festive pictures!  
  • Make a Christmas flag to carry
  • Decorate your running bib and tell everyone why you're running!
  • Share photos in the Facebook group to win our competition

Complete the run your way

  • Let your neighbours know so they clap and cheer!
  • Join our virtual warm-ups throughout the day live from our event villages or watch our pre-recorded festive warm ups at any time
  • Run, skip, hop, walk, dance, ride, skate...
  • Make a Christmas playlist to listen to
  • Decorate pebbles with Christmas good will messages and leave them along your route
  • Involve the dog and decorate his collar or lead! 
  • Decorate your bike or scooter 
  • Look out for Santa’s in windows along the way
  • Link your Just Giving page with Strava 
  • Create your own finish line