Dozens go for a Santa Saunter around Wicksteed Park

Hundreds of Santas join in the Santa Saunter around Wicksteed Park for Cransley Hospice
Hundreds of Santas join in the Santa Saunter around Wicksteed Park for Cransley Hospice

Scores of people donned Father Christmas gear as they got in the festive spirit and raised money for a good cause.

Cransley Hospice’s annual Santa Saunter saw people walking around Wicksteed Park in Kettering dressed in red suits and white beards.

This year’s event was the fifth time it had been held.

Participants’ entry fees included the cost of the suits, which they were then able to keep.

There was also seasonal singing to entertain the crowds, who went along for the light-hearted festive charity fun.

Di Patrick, Cransley Hospice’s fundraising manager, said the fundraiser went very well.

She said: “We had in the region of 180 walkers of all ages – and some dogs – and raised more than £1,000.

“It was a pleasant family day out and we will be doing it again next year.”

She also thanked Kettering Huxloe Rotary Club and Wicksteed Park for their help and support in organising the fundraiser for the hospice in London Road, Kettering.

David Neale, president of Kettering Huxloe Rotary Club, which has given its backing to the event since the first one in 2009, said: “It was excellent – good fun, almost 200 people and good fellowship.”