Hundreds of big-hearted Santas will be taking over Birmingham this Christmas, in a bid to raise vital funds for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. 

The charity’s ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ – which is a festive 2.5k and 5k fun run – is returning to Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club on Sunday 2 December.

The club grounds in Billesley Common will be decorated red as hundreds of runners dressed in Mr and Mrs Claus suits – (which will be provided free of charge by the Hospice), take up the challenge.

You do not have to be an athlete to take part, you can run, jog or walk the 2.5k and 5k routes.

Once the finish line is crossed, not only will you be rewarded with a medal and moreish mince pie, yule ooze kudos for being a part of something awesome!

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Festive market

Runners and spectators will have the opportunity to buy Christmas gifts at a festive market – selling gifts, crafts and one-of-a-kind stocking fillers – as well as a special appearance from Dr Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’.

Josephine Wardell – In memory of Tish

Josephine Wardell, who lives in Hopwood, has been running the Jingle Bell Jog for two years, with the fun run quickly becoming a much-loved festive tradition. She runs in memory of her sister Letitia – or Tish for short – who was cared for at the Hospice in 2016.

Josephine said: “When I first found out that Tish’s lung cancer was terminal, I was completely and utterly heartbroken. Tish was my older sister but she was also my best friend and I couldn’t imagine life without her.

“I was hesitant about Tish coming to a hospice at first but as soon as I visited Birmingham St Mary’s, I couldn’t believe how calm and peaceful it was. The nurses and doctors were just amazing – they really made Tish feel at home – and they always had time for my sister and our family.

“It was that kindness that made me want give back to the Hospice, which is why I always take part in the Jingle Bell Jog. It’s such a brilliantly festive day and I always have a lot of fun putting on my Santa suit, celebrating Tish’s memories and showing my support for the Hospice.”

This is the fifth year that the Hospice has hosted the Jingle Bell Jog and all funds raised will help provide expert care to people living with life-limiting illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Laura Nash, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “”Every day Birmingham St Mary’s cares for 400 people across Birmingham and Sandwell, whether that’s directly providing care, helping people live life to the full or supporting families and loved ones. It’s going to be great to see a huge crowd of jolly Santas raising money to make that happen and having loads of Christmassy fun while they do it!

“It costs £22,000 to run the Hospice on Christmas day so we really do rely on people’s generosity to continue to provide free care and support”

The Jingle Bell Jog kicks-off the Hospice’s ‘Care at Christmas’ campaign. Care at Christmas is a festive appeal to boost support for the charity leading up to and over the Christmas period.

Tickets cost £16 for adults, £12 for children and £45 for a family. For children under five-years-old, admission is free.

Don’t be wasting time thinking should I? shouldn’t I?, who wouldn’t want to dress up in a red suit and flit about for a seriously wonderful cause. Find out more and book your place HERE.

Don’t forget to send us your photos, videos on the day so we can share your awesomeness. (hello@B31.org.uk)

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