A Gift From Santa
Kind-hearted festive fun runners raised more than £15,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity…
Alder Hey Children’s Charity has publicly thanked fundraising Santas who recently dashed through the streets of Liverpool to raise much-needed funds. A 5,000-strong sea of red, blue and mini Santas took part in the Appreciate Group Liverpool Santa Dash in December and collectively raised more than £15,000 towards the specialist hospital’s new £3m Surgical Neonatal Appeal.
Alder Hey’s Surgical Neonatal Appeal was launched last autumn and is being championed by Liverpool Football Club legend Jamie Carragher, who spent the first six weeks of his own life in Alder Hey’s neonatal ward.
The football pundit was invited along on Santa Dash day to join Alder Hey patient and guest of honour, four-year-old Betty from Warrington, who was given the all-important job of officially starting the fun run.
Adam Dixon, Community Fundraiser for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, commented: “The Appreciate Group Liverpool Santa Dash 2021 was the perfect way to end a busy year for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. To see so many Santas running for Alder Hey was absolutely amazing and the amount raised will go directly towards our Surgical Neonatal Appeal.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us by either fundraising or donating, and well done to special guests Betty and family and Jamie Carragher who started the Santa Dash in festive style.”
BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell said: “We’re thrilled that our official event charity partner, Alder Hey Children’s Charity, has received a massive £15,000 boost raised by kind-hearted Santas. When we started the Liverpool Santa Dash in 2004, we knew that charities would use the event as a platform to raise their profile and fundraise – and we’re incredibly proud that over the years hundreds of charities have raised thousands of pounds by having lots of festive fun, and will continue to do so for many years to come.”
This year’s Liverpool Santa Dash takes place on Sunday 4 December 2022 and entries are open now!
Image: Paul Francis Cooper/BTR Liverpool