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It’s the final call to sign up for the Newlife Santa Dash through Cannock town centre on Saturday 14 December, to help raise vital funds for disabled children in the county.

Organisers Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children have extended the closing date for entries in a bid to attract last minute entrants and beat 2012’s record breaking number of participants.

Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley, who was one of the first people to sign up for the one-mile event around Cannock town centre, said: “I’d encourage everyone to give it a go; Christmas is the perfect time to do something fun that also changes children’s lives.”

The pre-Christmas fundraiser is attracting individual entrants as well as groups like the 15-strong team from Staffordshire-based Midlands Co-operative Society.

Participants can walk, jog or run the course from Chase Leisure Centre, finishing with refreshments at the Bank Bar and Lounge. The route is wheelchair accessible and pushchair friendly and a representative from Fitness First will be on site to lead a pre-event warm-up session.

Registration remains open until Friday 13 December and entrants can sign up online at Entry is just £5 per adult – to include a complementary Santa suit – and under-16s go free and get a Santa hat. Everyone is asked to raise a minimum of £30 sponsorship.

This is the fourth annual Newlife Santa Dash, and all proceeds will help buy specialist equipment for under-19s in Staffordshire.

Newlife Fundraising Manager Nora Smith said: “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. It only takes an hour of your time and it’s a real party atmosphere!”

She added: “With an increasing number of families turning to Newlife for help it is vital that we use this fabulous festive fundraiser to generate more money to help more disabled and terminally ill children.”

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