Photos: Hundreds of Santas run along Margate seafront in aid of Pilgrims Hospices

Santas on the run Photo Frank Leppard

Photos Frank Leppard

Hundreds of Santas have jogged along Margate seafront to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices.

The red and white spectacle took off from Margate Winter Gardens this morning (December 15) running a loop to end up back at the starting point.

There was  festive music as participants took on either the 3k or 5k route along the seafront before being welcomed back with a mince pie!

Every pound raised in sponsorship from the event will make a difference to the families being cared for this Christmas. It will help  patients and their families enjoy the festive season together

The Santa charge was led by Broadstairs copy shop worker Matt Seward who is a keen to support Pilgrims Hospices in thanks for the help the charity gave his family when Dad Roger battled with cancer. Roger passed away, aged 75, in September 2018.

Also amongst the runners was Broadstairs dad David Ashworth running to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices, due to David’s family being affected by cancer, but also to awareness of his club for youngsters living with autism.

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Carpentry business boss David runs Ashworth’s Autism Awareness – a club for children aged 2-7 years and their parents and carers –  to provide shared experiences, advice and a healthy dose of fun.


  • £1 could pay for a patient to enjoy a mince pie and custard in the run up to Christmas
  • £10 could pay for a patients Christmas dinner
  • £20 could pay for a physio therapy session to help patients stay active and enjoy games with their family on Christmas day

Santas on the Run! Tri-Series is sponsored by Jenner and supported by Active Life, Shepway Sports Trust and Your Leisure.