Santas go on the run to help hospice charity

Santa outfits mixed with festive fancy dress as Rudolph, pet dogs and even Elvis made an appearance at the Lowestoft Santa Run yesterday.

The town's seafront was awash with Santas uniting to walk, jog or run almost two miles in raising monies for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).

And records tumbled at the event – with more entries received and the estimated final total beating last year's Santa Run.

Vanessa Bell, Suffolk fundraiser for EACH, said: 'We have had 115 people register and around �4,000 is likely to be raised.'

Last year, �2,500 was raised, so organisers were 'thrilled' that people had turned out to support the local children's hospice and get into the spirit of Christmas.

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She added: 'We wanted to beat the number of people who entered last year, which we have done, and we wanted to increase the amounts raised – so all in all we're absolutely thrilled.'

Yesterday's event also featured a group from Hopton Brownies, a visually impaired team and the local police force.

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