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Take part in a virtual Santa dash


The event will be held in place of Glasgow’s Annual Santa Dash

A Scottish cancer charity has revealed exciting plans for a virtual Santa dash.

Beatson Cancer Charity is encouraging people to take part in a virtual 5k Santa Dash on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December. Santa hat and trainers required; sleigh and Rudolph optional.  

The organisation was set to receive funds as the official charity partner of Glasgow’s Annual Santa Dash however the event won’t go ahead this year, but as fundraising is so vital, the charity is encouraging people to take part in a virtual event in their local area, whether that’s in Glasgow or further afield.

Grab your Santa hat and trainers and take part - whether it’s running, walking or cycling, participants are encouraged to remain safe within your small, socially distanced group wherever you are based. The charity hopes that supporters of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre from across Scotland will take part to raise vital funds to support their work on the run up to Christmas.

The challenge is asking supporters to complete a 5k in your local park, in their neighbourhood, by the lochside or seaside or on a treadmill at the gym. 

Lord Provost Philip Braat, president of the Beatson Cancer Charity, said: It is very disappointing that the traditional Santa Dash has to be put on hold this year, but I think everyone will understand that we have to play safe at this very challenging time .“Our event partner, the Beatson Cancer Charity, has been working hard to create a virtual version of what has become a real highlight of the city’s build-up to Christmas.

If you have taken part in the Santa Dash before or are just looking for a good reason to go for a run, I would urge you get involved with this year’s virtual Santa Dash. “In what has been an unbelievably difficult year, I am hoping the virtual Santa Dash will give many of us something positive to rally round.

Maisie McCormick, community fundraising manager at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We’re so excited to stage our own form of Santa Dash this year. We are calling on all wannabe Santa Dashers to help us. There will be many who are obviously disappointed about the cancellation of the usual calendar event but may still want to help a good cause this Christmas, and there are those who still want to do something festive with their family members or colleagues who want to team bond on an alternative to the Christmas team lunch and staff night out!"

Share photos from your event using #BeatsonSantaDash and be sure to tag the charity. @Beatsoncharity on Instagram and on Twitter @Beatson_charity and on Facebook Beatson Cancer Charity. Register to take part at  www.beatsoncancercharity/santa-dash   



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