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For the fourth successive year we provided the event security and marshalling services for the CancerCare Santa Dash which was held on Sunday. The Dash aims to raise awareness of the charity’s work funds so they can continue to provide physiological therapies, complementary therapies and support to victims of cancer and their families in north Lancashire and south Cumbria. The Santa Dash sees all participants dressed as Santa himself and make their way around a one mile course in Lancaster’s city centre. Children are also encouraged to take part dressed as reindeer either running themselves or getting pushed around the course in prams.
We’re proud to say that we now have an established tradition of our staff donating their earnings from the event to the charity itself in addition to us sponsoring the actual event. This year this equated to just over £3,000. Dave Hassall (FGH Senior Manger) said, “Yet again it was great to see all the staff making a real effort on the day to encourage the participants and be as helpful as possible as the runners weaved in and out of shoppers out on Sunday afternoon. It makes me smile when I see the shoppers stopping to cheer the runners on. It’s heartening to see the staff so keen to work the event and the difference it makes to the charity. As I said on the day itself I’m really thankful to everyone who helped on the day and it was a great spontaneous touch at the end of the race to watch staff walk across the line following the final participant whilst giving her a round of applause..”
Peter Harrison (FGH Managing Director) ran the race with his one year old daughter and again retained his title of being the first person across the line pushing a pram.
CancerCare was established in 1983 to provide support to cancer patients and those around them in an informal, relaxed manner. They help people as they come to terms with the changes that cancer brings to their lives through providing emotional, social and psychological support. They support people of all ages and they are acknowledged for our work with children and young people affected by Cancer via their dedicated Children and Young Peoples Service. Their support services are all offered free of charge by experienced, qualified staff who are 95% funded by charitable donations. to find out more about cancer Care and the work they do just click here.