SLIDESHOW: Wakefield Hospice’s Santa Dash and Cycle at Pugneys Country Park

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Hundreds of Santas ran, walked and cycled their way to victory to help terminally ill people and their families enjoy a better Christmas.

For the first time Wakefield Hospice’s seventh annual Santa Dash at Pugneys Country Park included a Santa Cycle.

Wakefield Hospice Annual Santa Dash held at Pugney's Lake & Nature Reserve, in aid of Wakefield hospice. w308m350

Wakefield Hospice Annual Santa Dash held at Pugney's Lake & Nature Reserve, in aid of Wakefield hospice. w308m350

Sunday’s festive fundraiser saw 420 people dressed as Father Christmas, and in other fancy dress, and make it around the park’s lake or take part in a 13-mile bike ride.

The event hopes to have raised more than £5,000, which is enough to fund the entire hospice on Christmas Day.

Event organiser Danielle Cain said: “It is heart-warming that so many people turned out to support Wakefield Hospice this Christmas.

“The money they have raised at the Santa Dash will support patients and families experiencing a difficult time this Christmas. We couldn’t thank everyone enough for their support.”

The bike ride was supported by Wakefield District Cycle Forum and the event was sponsored by JCT600, which means all registration fees goes to the hospice.

A team of staff from the hospice’s Day Therapy Service also joined supporters for the event.

They provide supportive therapies for those whose lives are touched by cancer or a life threatening illness.

Carol Vaux, day therapy service manager, said: “We were inspired to take part in the Santa Dash to do our bit for the hospice as we see first-hand how essential this service is to the people of Wakefield.”

For more information about raising money visit www.wakefieldhospice.org