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Listeners to Cannock’s new radio station will be able to keep up with all the Newlife Santa Dash news on Saturday 13 December.

Cannock Radio – which was officially launched on Saturday 15 November – will be hosting the morning’s lead-up to the annual event in the town centre and chatting with the fabulous fundraisers taking part to raise money to help disabled and terminally ill children in Staffordshire.

Rob Hughes – director of the new radio station together with Jane and James Hughes – said: “We are here to support the whole Cannock Chase area and it makes sense for us to be a part of events like the Santa Dash. We are proud to be linking up with Newlife Foundation, which does so much to support disadvantaged children in the area.”

He added: “We would encourage people to come along to Cannock bandstand in the morning to support the event and be a part of our roadshow. Listeners will be able to tune into the festive fun by going to our website – – or through a phone App, Googleplayer or iTunes.”

You can 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 and terminally ill children through equipment provision.

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

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. 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. And with Cannock Radio on board, it will be 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 eight children in Staffordshire, who need equipment totalling £9,763. 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 0800 988 4640 (free from UK landlines).

Pictured: Sheila Brown, OBE CEO Newlife Foundation & Rob Hughes from Cannock Radio

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