Early Bird offer open for Festive Fun Day

Early bird tickets are available for a Festive Fun Day raising money to support local children who need specialist hospice care.

Local charity Havens Hospices is bringing Christmas cheer to Wat Tyler Country Park with its Festive Fun Day fundraiser, sponsored by Piccadilly Whip, on Sunday 3rd December from 10am.

Supporters can expect the charity’s usual jolly Run Santa Run routes, which sees hundreds of Santas either running, jogging or walking 2K or 4K, with the addition of a 2K Doggy Dash, Christmas Market and an Elf Trail with the opportunity for families to see the ‘big man’ himself.

There will also be a toy sale, Christmas Carols and festive refreshments to enjoy whilst supporters soak up the Christmassy atmosphere.

Susie May, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices says: “We cannot wait to bring a flash of Christmas cheer back to Wat Tyler Country Park this festive season with additional activities alongside our popular family-friendly Santa fun run.

“There truly isn’t a better way to kick off your festive celebrations with family and friends; you can even bring your dog along for our Doggy Dash!

“Those that attend every year really enjoy soaking up the Christmas spirit with their family, friends and colleagues all while raising vital funds for Essex’s only children’s hospice, Little Havens.

“The charity must raise more than £83,000 each week to be there for every baby, child and young person who needs us in the community, and it’s events like this which make a huge difference to families who have been told there is no cure for their child’s illness. Every donation will help us to create treasured memories this Christmas for families going through the most difficult times.”

Early Bird ticket registration is now open giving participants the chance to save money until 31st October. Entry to Run Santa Run includes a free Santa suit for adults and for younger participants, a pair of reindeer antlers.

Early Bird tickets cost £12 for adults, £6 for children and a family ticket (two adults, two children) is £32. The Doggy Dash costs £5 per dog. Tickets for the Elf Trail and Santa’s Grotto will be available on the day only, cash and card will be accepted. There will be limited availability of these tickets.

For more information and to sign up today visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/festivefunday

Havens Hospices is also looking for local businesses that would like to host a stall at the Christmas Market. If you have something to offer that will give Christmas that extra sparkle this year, please register your interest by visiting https://tinyurl.com/emjwk26k

Published 20th October 2023

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Several people dressed as Santa Claus holding their hands up in Wat Tyler Park, along with a dog on a lead