Portishead Christmas dash launched to support charity for terminally-ill kids

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 December 2018

The dash will raise money for Jessie May. Pictures: Jessie May and Mark Atherton

The dash will raise money for Jessie May. Pictures: Jessie May and Mark Atherton


Portishead will be brimming with ‘family festive fun’ next week, as people revel in the Christmas cheer and raise valuable cash for a worthy cause.

Runners and walkers will take on the inaugural 2km Family Santa Dash on December 16 at 11am.

The event, which has been organised by Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club and will raise money for Bristol-based children’s charity Jessie May, will see dozens of people don Father Christmas’ attire and march around the Lake Grounds.

Jessie May provides hospice care for terminally-ill children in their own homes across the South West.

Rotary Club committee member Jane Dyer believes the dash will add an ‘extra level of festive family fun’ to the town.

She said: “We are so excited to bring this event to Portishead and we can’t wait to see everyone dressed up and joining together for this first ever Santa family fun walk.”

Helen Mackie, community fundraiser for Jessie May, is ‘thrilled’ to host the event in Portishead.

She said: “It’s safe to say there will be quite a few Santa sightings.

“The dash will begin on the Esplanade, near Café Lido, and end at the café itself, with mince pies and a hot drink.

“The event is open to everyone – mums, dads, children and of course, Christmas elves.

“This is not a race, so all our dashers can get festive and get involved, while donning Santa’s hat, entire costume, or just Christmas jumper.

“So dress up and get ready to ho ho ho. The first every dash promises to be a fantastic day for the whole family – and also impact on the families our nurses are currently supporting.

“We’re hugely grateful Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club has offered all profits from the event to our charity. What a wonderful early Christmas present.”

Entry to the dash costs £3 per person, and families taking part are encouraged to raise £25 in sponsorship for the charity.

To sign up, log on to www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/north-somerset/the-esplanade-portishead/family-santa-dash

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