Portishead gears up for first ever family Santa dash

December 06 2018
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Families are invited to don their Santa gear for Portishead’s first ever Santa Dash.

Santa Clauses will be taking over Portishead Lake Grounds on December 16, in an event organised by the Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club to raise funds for Bristol-based children’s hospice Jessie May.

The brand-new event is for the whole family – and family pets – who are all invited to dress up as Santa and walk 2k around the grounds.

Jane Dyer, who chairs the rotary group’s special Dash committee, said: “The Santa Dash has been developed by the Rotary to bring an extra level of festive family fun.

“We are so excited to bring this event to Portishead and we can’t wait to see everyone dressed up and joining together for this first ever Santa family fun walk.”

With performances from the local rock choir, special appearances from Sam FM’s Ian ‘Downsy’ Downs and charity raffles, the Santa Dash is more than just a walk.

All profits made from the event will be donated to Jessie May, whose nurses provide hospice at home care to children with life limiting conditions, and their families.

Helen Mackie, community fundraiser at Jessie May, said: “We’re thrilled to share that Santa Claus is coming to Portishead.

“The event is open to everyone – mums, dads, children and of course, Christmas elves. This is not a race, so all our ‘Dashers’ can get festive and get involved, while donning a Santa hat, or entire costume – or Christmassy jumper.

“Dress up and get ready to ho ho ho! The first every Portishead Santa Dash promises to be a fantastic day for the whole family.

“We’re hugely grateful Gordano Breakfast Rotary have offered all profits from the event to our charity – what a wonderful early Christmas present.”

The dash will begin and end at the Esplanade, near Café Lido. Entry to the event is £3 per person (under 3s go free) and the rotary club is asking families to raise at least £25 each.

Places need to be booked via the rotary club’s website and then a fundraiser page needs to be set up on Jessie May’s Virgin Money Giving page.

To find out more about Jessie May and the work its nurses do locally, visit: www.jessiemay.org.uk

To find out more about Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club, visit: www.gordanobreakfastrotary.org/

Portishead Lake Grounds
Portishead Lake Grounds where the family Santa dash will take place