Hundreds of Santas to take on virtual run for Charlie House

Charlie House is inviting walkers, joggers and runners to take part in its Virtual Santa Fun Run on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.

Participants can choose to complete any distance of their choosing, in their chosen location but should remember to follow all current Government guidelines relating to travel and social distancing. 

The Lord Provost supported the 2019 Charlie House Santa Fun Run which saw Santas descend on Union Street last year.

Donna Deans, fundraising co-ordinator at Charlie House, says, “The Charlie House Santa Fun Run has been a popular event in our calendar for the last two years, so we are thrilled it is able to take place this year, albeit in a slightly different format from usual. 

“The Virtual Santa Fun Run can be done at your own pace and over any distance over the weekend – whether you’re a keen runner wanting to take on a half marathon route, or a family wanting to walk 1km together around your local park. We hope this fun event will bring festive cheer not only to the participants, but also to their friends and neighbours who we hope will be cheering on any Santas they see out pounding the pavements.

“This has been a tough year for lots of families with many people feeling very isolated and uncertain if they will be spending Christmas with their families. Charlie House has seen a staggering 84% increase in the requests for support from the families we work alongside, at the same time as seeing our income drop 70% against last year. The money raised from this Virtual Santa Fun Run will play a vital role in supporting the work of Charlie House and enabling us to continue supporting these incredibly special families this Christmas and into the new year.”

Entry is now open for the Charlie House Virtual Santa Fun Run and costs £15 per adult and £10 for children (up to age 9), which includes your very own Santa suit, beard and hat to wear while you run. Suit packs will be posted to entrants free of charge. Book your virtual run space at

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