Santa spotters didn’t have to sweat it out this year as more than a dozen bearded, red-suited Father Christmases turned up at Kendal Leisure Centre to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s second Kendal Santa Stroll!
The leisure centre was the family-friendly one-mile walk’s starting and finishing point.
As well as Santas, the walk, which is on course to raise around £150 for the charity as well as helping to raise awareness of its work, attracted a number of elves and reindeers among its participants. On finishing, all strollers received a medal, hot or cold drink and a mince pie. There was also a Christmas raffle.
Julie Hesmondhalgh, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s South Cumbria and North Lancs area fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We enjoyed a lovely morning. There was a fantastic festive atmosphere. The sight of so many Santas all together certainly made the day for a lot of children, who were visiting the leisure centre’s pool.
“We are extremely grateful to all our strollers, to the leisure centre’s staff, who were really supportive, and to Eric Wright Group, which sponsored the event, effectively covering our staging costs.”
Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including that at Westmorland General Hospital.
The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford.