Santa sends helpers on a dash to raise hospice cash

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Father Christmas joined hundreds of his uniformed helpers on a jog to raise cash for a good cause.

The big red-suited champ was taking part in the Santa Dash for the Berkhamsted-based Hospice of St Francis.

More than 300 people took part, including Toni Harding, 37, who was with a crowd of hairdressers from Changes in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead.

Toni was also with son Jess, eight, who was surprised when his teacher Mrs Gasper from Potten End C of E School turned up to cheer him on.

Toni said: “He found it really hard and said he was going to die – but we both found it really good fun; absolutely brilliant.”

Chris Penny, 42, chief of the Berkhamsted Business Leaders, was there with his dog Alice the bearded collie.

Chris only heard about the jog at 6.30am that day after being woken by his children.

He said: “I woke up with a hangover and thought if I am going to walk the dog, it may as well be for a good cause.”