Health chiefs are encouraging people to get into the festive spirit by taking part in a charity's Santa Run shortly.

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Sight loss charity Beacon's annual fundraiser returns to West Park in Wolverhampton on Sunday 2 December - and the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing Councillor Hazel Malcolm joined members of the Public Health team and Beacon Centre CEO Arwyn Jones recently to help promote it.

Adults will be given a Santa outfit, which they can keep after the challenge, while children get a Santa hat. There is a 5km course which adults can run, jog, walk, skip or hop. They can even try being guided blindfolded and experience living with sight loss. Meanwhile, children can take part and complete a shorter course.

Gurinder Atwal, community and events fundraiser, said: "As the winter nights set in, dust off your running shoes and start getting back into shape by joining our charity Santa Run. Last year was a huge success and we hope to get even more runners and raise even more money this year."

Mr Jones said: "If you like a challenge this will be right up your alley. It is a great excuse to get dressed up and have some fun with all your family and friends. Not only will you have run, walked or skipped 5km, but you will also help the many people across Wolverhampton and the Black Country which Beacon supports."

Councillor Malcolm said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy a pre Christmas workout while also supporting a very worthwhile cause at the same time. The Santa Run is open to everyone, and it doesn't matter if you run, jog or walk - it's the taking part that counts."

To take part, participants must register in advance by visiting Type=links;Linkid=11241;Title=Beacon - Santa Run 2018;Target=_blank;, calling 01902 880 111 or emailing Entry is £10 per adult, £5 for children between 5 to 11 and free for those under 5. Adults receive a Santa suit to keep, while children get a Santa hat which they can take home afterwards. Beacon is also inviting participants to consider getting sponsorship to help raise even more funds.

Beacon is a well established charity which was founded in the Black Country and has since expanded. The charity makes a visible difference to people living with sight loss and helps raise awareness of the importance of eye health.  

Caption: Beacon CEO Arwyn Jones (centre) and Councillor Hazel Malcolm (third right) are joined by Jo Birtles (left), Richard Welch (second right) and Lina Martino (right) from the City of Wolverhampton Council's Public Health Team, along with Communications Assistant Joe Perry (second left) and Graduate Management Trainee Oliver Ford (third left) to promote this year's Santa Run

  • released: Thursday 15 November, 2018