Photos: A ho-ho-whole load of Santas swarm Margate seafront in aid of Pilgrims Hospices

Santas on the seafront Photo Frank Leppard

Photos by Frank Leppard

Santas of all ages – plus some elves- took to Margate seafront today (December 12) for the Pilgrims Hospices Santa’s on the Run Tri-Series.

The red and white spectacle could be seen as participants ran, walked and jogged along the seafront to raise funds for Pilgrims Hospices.

To get warmed up the Santa crowd took part in a fun Zumba session before the start of their 3k and 5k routes in a loop from the Winter Gardens, heading along the coast towards Westgate and back, ready to be awarded with their well-deserved festive medals.

Photo Frank Leppard

The funds raised will help with:

£1 could pay for a patient to enjoy a mince pie and custard in the run up to Christmas

£12 could pay for a patient’s Christmas dinner

£20 could pay for a physiotherapy session to help patients stay active and enjoy games with their family on Christmas day

£50 could pay for a Christmas tree to decorate the hospice family rooms

£100 could pay for a therapy session for a child coping with the loss of a loved one over the festive season

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Santas on the Run is sponsored by of Wahl and supported by  Active Life and Shepway Sports Trust.


    • There ŵas adverts for this event in the windows for several weeks of both Birchington and Broadstairs Pilgrims Hospice shops which is how I found out about it , as like you Peter ,I don’t do Facebook and other social media

    • What was really surreal was after this Pilgrims Hospice fun run I was at Minnis Bay where I’d gone to walk my dog when I became aware that I was parked next to a massive American car , a superb vintage Lincoln Continental with Father Xmas (who looked the real McCoy ) at the steering wheel .
      I had to double take this surreal and unexpected sight ! Lol
      I gave Father Xmas a thumbs up 👍 to say “I love your car “ and as he drove off ,Father Xmas wound down his window and asked me “ I hope that you’ve been a good boy this year ? “ and then he drove off with 2 other father Xmas’s in the car .
      So…..for any doubters out there , father xmas does exist because I’ve seen him yesterday and he drives a Lincoln Continental .
      Maybe that’s his weekend mode of transport when he’s giving his reindeer a rest. . Lol

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