Hundreds of Santas saunter through Wicksteed Park

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Hundreds of festive revellers turned up on Sunday, December 9, for a Christmas walk through Wicksteed Park – in a bid to raise money for Cransley Hospice.

The Santa Saunter, which is in its fourth year, started at 11am and between 200 and 300 people, all dressed as Santa, arrived to offer their support and join the festive fun.

The annual Santa Saunter takes place at Kettering's Wicksteed Park

The annual Santa Saunter takes place at Kettering's Wicksteed Park

After the walk participants enjoyed coffee and mince pies and children had their chance to meet Wicky Bear.

Fundraising manager for Cransley Hospice Diana Patrick said:” It’s great day and lots of people have turned out to raise money for a good cause, I think we have more people here than last year.

“We know of two people so far who have raised £1,000, so that’s at least £2,000 for the hospice which is fantastic.

“I would like offer a massive thank you to all the people that turned up today, on behalf of the patients and the hospice.”

One Christmas reveller, Kim Jones, 48, from Northampton, said she wanted to raise money for the hospice because her mother, Terri Gardner, was cared for at Cransley Hospice.

She said: ”My mother spent 10 days in the hospice and sadly passed away on October 17.

“I would like to thank everyone at the hospice, who did not just care for my mother but they looked after me as well, they were great.”

Mrs Jones, along with her two daughters, Amy and Mia, raised £600 for the cause and £400 will be matched by her employer Barclaycard.

The Santa suits and the medals handed out to participants were sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

Mrs Patrick said she would like to thank the company for their help.

Watch the video above to see the hundreds of Santas sauntering through the park.