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The fifth annual Newlife Santa Dash will be spreading pre-Christmas cheer through Cannock town centre on Saturday 13 December.

You can be part of the festive fun and walk or jog the one-mile route from Chase Leisure Centre to the Bank Bar and Lounge. It’s £5 to enter, with under-16s free, and participants are encouraged to fundraise for event organisers Newlife Foundation, to support local disabled children.

Every over-16 entrant gets a free Santa suit when they register, which can be done via or by calling freephone 0800 988 4640.

Newlife Fundraising Manager Nora Smith said: “Last year we had an amazing turnout for the Newlife Santa Dash and this December we would like to make it bigger and better than ever. So are we urging people to put the date in their diaries and sign up now.

“It’s a great opportunity for individuals as well as families, groups of work colleagues, students and even health and leisure club members to get together for a bit of festive fun. Setting off at 11am, it only takes a few minutes to run – or a bit longer to walk – and all participants are welcome to enjoy a well deserved refreshment at Bank Bar afterwards. It’s a real party atmosphere!”

The past year has seen Newlife Foundation’s range of practical support services for disabled and terminally ill children develop and expand as demand has increased. In 2013/14, Newlife awarded 1,303 Equipment Grants across the UK, totalling £2,088,105. This was a 33 per cent increase on the previous financial year.

The proceeds from last year’s Newlife Santa Dash helped four Staffordshire children by providing specialist walkers for three youngsters and a standing frame for a fourth.

Newlife is currently working with the families of 12 children in Staffordshire, who need equipment totalling £18,523. So why not sign up now for our Santa Dash and help a local disabled child get an extra special gift this Christmas.

For further details about the Newlife Santa Dash on Saturday 13 December, call the charity’s fundraising team on freephone 0800 988 4640.

Pictured: Dashers from the 2013 Santa Dash

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