Hundreds of joggers dressed as Santa took over a Stourbridge park this morning in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for Mary Stevens Hospice.
The Santa Jog was due to take place at Mary Stevens Park last week, but was postponed due to the wintry weather conditions that swept across the borough.
Despite the postponement, and the morning’s freezing temperatures, the local community turned out in force to show their support. They were joined by fundraisers, musicians, and even an ice cream seller.
More than 800 people registered to take part, and hospice staff are hoping to have raised in the region of £10,000.
Charlotte Schofield, the head of fundraising and lottery at Mary Stevens Hospice, said the Santa Jog is “among the top events the hospice runs each year, but this is the highest number of participants we’ve ever had.
“The community rallied around us and pushed us to get the event re-arranged – they wanted it to happen. It takes us a full year to arrange the Santa Jog, but we’ve done it in a week.
“The hospice relies on the community’s support and even [after] re-arranging the date, they’ve come out to support us.”
The final amount of money raised will be announced shortly.