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People of all ages arrived at Spiceball Park on Sunday to take part in the fourth Santa Fun Run in aid of Katharine House Hospice.

The popular fundraiser saw hundreds of entrants come dressed as Santa to either run or walk a 4km route or a shorter 1km route.

Kevin Fleming of King’s Sutton took part in the event with his wife Diane and grandchildren Cameron, Brandon, Olivia, Aedan and Isabelle.

Mr Fleming said: “My wife’s father was treated at the hospice and they do such a good job. We’ve got all the family out for today’s event and it is great to be raising money to support them. The weather is good and we’re all looking forward to it!”

Sarah Hickman was running in memory of her dad, former local councillor John Rakestraw. She was running with friend Diane Wyatt for the second time and said: “Everyone knows someone who has been cared for at Katharine House and this is a great community event. Everyone gets dressed up and gets involved and there is such a friendly atmosphere.”

Eleven-year-old Tyler Manley completed the race with his dad Justin, and raised an incredible £580 for the charity on his own. A number of Banbury groups also took part, including the Jado Kuin Do Karate Club.

Nicky Hanson, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “A huge thank you to everyone. Over 500 Santas took part – a record number and more than £22,000 was pledged in sponsorship on the day! We are also so grateful to the 64 volunteers who helped to make the event such a wonderful success.”




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