Santa run’s sackload of cash

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Thousands of pounds raised at a festive fun run in Lutterworth last year has been distributed among more than a dozen good causes.

The annual Lutterworth Santa Fun Run is organised by the town’s two Rotary Clubs – Lutterworth and Wycliffe – and has become a regular fixture on Lutterworth’s social calendar.

The 2016 event saw more than 800 red-clad runners take to the streets of the town and raise an impressive £9,500 for charity.

Among the runners was a small contingent from Lutterworth’s French twin town of Chambourcy and even two runners from Mongolia.

A large number of families with small children also took part.

Last week, the organisers hosted a handover night at the One Stop Shop in Gilmorton Road.

Rotarian Ed Hemsley said: “We the committee were delighted at the continued support we got from the people of Lutterworth and other local organisations after eight years of running the event.”

The organisations to benefit on the night were: Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (£1,770); the hospice charity LOROS (£950); Vista, the Leicestershire charity for people who are blind or with sight loss (£730); Home-Start South Leicestershire (£470); Home Start Blaby, Wigston, and Oadby (£390).

Lutterworth Town Mayor’s Appeal (£730); Rotary Club of Lutterworth charities (£400); Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe charities (£400); Age Concern Lutterworth and District (£840); Brain Research Trust (£1,650); Lutterworth Enterprise Centre (£450); Lutterworth Share and Care Group (£120); and money was also given to groups and charities which helped and supported the fun run itself (£600).

The Santa Fun Run has raised about £87,000 for charities and good causes in the Lutterworth area in the eight years it has been held.

Mr Hemsley added: “Please make a note in your diaries for our ninth Santa Fun Run, which will be held on Sunday, November 26, this year.”

For more information about the event, visit www.santafunrun.org.uk.