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BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2021

Santa's Little Helpers

This year's Liverpool Santa Dash will support Alder Hey Children's Charity...

Are we allowed to talk about Christmas yet? My husband would say 'no' but personally I think it's never too early to start the festive chat! And with news that the Liverpool Santa Dash has a new charity partner for 2021, today seems the perfect time to kick off the Christmas countdown.

Thought to be the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run, the event is returning for its 18th consecutive year on Sunday 5 December and 2021's dashing santas are being encouraged to walk, jog or run to raise funds for Alder Hey Children's Charity.
Alder Hey recently launched its new £2.5million Surgical Neonatal Appeal to help develop a state-of-the-art unit for newborn babies and their families. The campaign was launched in September by Liverpool Football Club legend Jamie Carragher, who spent the first six weeks of his own life in Alder Hey’s neonatal ward.
A very special mini santa will be at this year's event - four-year-old Betty from Warrington. Betty was born four months premature weighing only 650g and needed neonatal intensive care at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where her immature lungs were supported by a ventilator. Her bowel was perforated in two places and she was taken to Alder Hey for emergency surgery, this being the first of many visits. 

Dad Phil commented: “Betty is our little miracle and no matter what comes we will all continue to love her with everything we have, and with utter joy and immense gratitude to those that never gave up on her – and gave us this most precious gift.”

Speaking for the charity, Adam Dixon said: “We know our amazing santas will raise a huge amount for our brand new Surgical Neonatal Appeal to help the region’s babies and their families – just like Betty. See you all at the start line, Ho Ho Ho!”
BTR's Alan Rothwell said: “We’re thrilled that Alder Hey Children’s Charity has joined the Liverpool Santa Dash family for what promises to be a very special year. And we’re thrilled that Betty and her family will be joining us on the day to help start the Santa Dash. Christmas is all about youngsters so this is the ideal opportunity to sign up, pull on your Santa suit, and dash round the city to raise funds for Alder Hey.”
The 5K route includes city centre landmarks Museum Of Liverpool, Grade I Listed Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, and a grandstand finish outside Liverpool Town Hall featuring stilt walking festive characters and ‘real’ snow.
Online registration is open. A pop-up shop for in-person registration and Santa suit collection will open on Monday 1 November at St Johns Shopping Centre. The shop will be open daily until Saturday 4 December 2021.
For full details visit the event website or enter through runABC's easy-to-use online entry system.

Image: BTR Liverpool.

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