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Staff, volunteers and families prepare for Carlisle Santa Dash

A team of fundraisers from Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice will be donning a red suit and fluffy beard this December as they run around the streets of Carlisle.

On Sunday 8 December members of staff and volunteers from Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, along with their family members, will be taking part in the annual Carlisle Santa Dash. The event, which is organised by Sport in Action, DH Runners and Carlisle Tri Club will be raising money in aid of Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

Team member and Jigsaw Clinical Lead, Suzanne Garbarino, explained: “It is great that staff and their families are all joining in to help raise vital funds for Jigsaw. We would like to thank everyone for participating and the organisers for support Jigsaw Children’s Hospice.

Fellow team member and hospice Social Worker, Wendy Ashton, added “It is great to support Jigsaw as a staff team. We vary from Doctors to Nurses to Social Workers to Admin, Reception, Transport and Finance. A real mix of people plus some of their children too.”

Since 2016, thousands of local people have donned red suits, pulled on fluffy beards and raced around the streets of Carlisle during the annual Carlisle Santa Dash. To date the event have raised £23,000 in aid of Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

The money raised by all the fundraisers taking part in the event will help the children’s hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the children and young adults family, friends and carers.

Vikki Taylor, Finance Administrator and team member, concluded: “As a member of staff I see the overwhelming kindness and support of the local community. The Santa Dash allows friends and families to get involved and raise awareness of the care we provide whilst having a lot of fun in the process.”

To find out more about the Carlisle Santa Dash, which includes a 2km Run or Walk and a 5km Dash, please visit To find out more about fundraising in aid of Jigsaw, Cumbria’s children’s Hospice please visit or contact the Fundraising Team on 01228 817656.

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