Beacon is inviting runners to suit up as Santa on Sunday 1 December at West Park, Wolverhampton, for the 2019 Beacon Santa Run, sponsored by Paycare, to help raise money for the blind.

Runners will be given a free Santa outfit, which they can keep after the challenge and children a free Santa hat. Racers can run, jog, walk, skip, hop the 5K route and even try being guided blindfolded and experience living with sight loss. Children are also invited to take part and run a shorter course.  

Josh Sandhu, community and events fundraiser, said: “As the winter nights set in, dust of your running shoes and start getting back into shape by joining our 5K charity Santa run. Last year was a huge success and we hope to get even more runners and raise even more money this year.”

Not-for-profit Health Cash Plan provider, Paycare, is this year’s headline sponsor. The Wolverhampton based organisation is keen to promote health and wellbeing and the link with sight loss. Anthony Burns, Commercial Director added: “As a leading Health Cash Plan provider we know and continue to advocate, the benefits of exercise and a balanced lifestyle. Sight loss and good health are naturally linked and we want to show our commitment to Beacon and the local community by supporting this event. Even if you have just started to run, join the fun and help make a difference.”

Beacon is also asking for participants to also consider raising as much money as possible for the run via sponsorship to help raise even more money.

Beacon CEO, Lisa Cowley, is also running this year but with a twist. She will be acting as a guide runner to help a partially sighted runner.

Lisa added: “I wanted to do something different this year so got in touch with one of my colleagues who was looking to sign up but is visually impaired. As soon as I understood the role of a guide runner, I wanted to be a part of it. I have been training hard and can’t wait to get to the starting line.

“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 completed 5K, but you will also help the many people across our region living with sight loss.”

Participants must register and pay in advance to enter. Entry is £15 per adult, £7.50 for children between 5-11 and free for those under 5. To book your spot visit: www.beaconvision.org/events, call 01902 880 111 or email: fundraising@beaconvision.org

All money raised will help Beacon support people living with sight loss and make an impact on many people’s lives.