Family encourages supporters to join Santa Run

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 October 2019

Freddie, Justine and Joseph at Children's Hospice South West.

Freddie, Justine and Joseph at Children's Hospice South West.

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A Yatton family is appealing for people to sign up for Santas On The Run to support the vital work of Children's Hospice South West.

Freddie De Gennaro has a complex range of conditions including mucolipidosis type three and requires round-the-clock care.

His family enjoy respite stays at the hospice to enable them to spend quality time together.

Staff at Charlton Farm, in Wraxall, care for Freddie so his mum Justine and brother Joseph can enjoy some much-needed time together.

It also enables Justine to be Freddie's mum and not his carer.

People taking part in the Santas On The Run event will be helping families like Justine's to make special memories with their loved ones this Christmas.

Justine said: "I've found it quite overwhelming to be there and watch thousands of people all gathered together to help the hospice, raising money for a service we find invaluable."

The 2km fun run is taking place on December 8 and will see supporters race around Bristol Harbourside dressed in festive gear.

Freddie's dad, Adriano, said: "We love the Santa Run as it brings Bristol together.

"I've got quite a lot of people from work doing it at the same time - it's a really a socially gathering - and being 2k, it's not too far for people.

"It's really good fun and it's something to do before Christmas which gets people going.

"Being by that stage, having a dance, everyone is so happy and you just know that it's going to be a great event raising funds for a brilliant place."

Thousands of people will take part and the hospice is hoping to raise £45,000 from the event.

Justine said: "December is one of my favourite times of year at the hospice as it's so festive. Every room is decorated amazingly, it's like a mini winter wonderland.

"Santas On The Run always gives me a big lump in my throat too; watching a sea of thousands of Santas old and young all coming together to raise money for an amazing place they've probably never visited. They just do it because they care for the cause. It's extra special."

Race entry, priced £8-16, can be obtained at www.chsw.org.uk/santasbristol

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