Santas needed to take part in festive fun run for Acorns

By Megan Archer | Walsall | News | Published:

Fancy dressing up as Father Christmas to raise money for Acorns Children Hospice this festive season?

Little elves on the hunt for more santas to run in this year's Acorns charity event

The Acorns Santa Run is just a few weeks away. The event will see hundreds of Santas descend on Walsall Arboretum on Sunday, December 8 to raise money for Acorns and its vital care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

And the charity is calling on more people, of all ages, to sign up.

Rachel Farrington, Acorns events officer, said: “We’re so grateful to Santa’s elves for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and help us find Santas for our Santa Run.

“We want as many people to sign up as possible and help support our work. All money raised through sponsorship will help local children and families.”

New for 2019 is an interactive festive trail which is fun for all the family. Those who want to challenge themselves can take part in a 5k run. There will also be the same great food and music, plus free family days out included.

Rachel added: “Acorns Santa Run is not only heaps of fun, it’s a great way to support the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal. Every penny raised will help us safeguard the longer-term future of our hospice in Walsall.”

The Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal follows a commitment of significant new NHS funding from Black Country healthcare commissioners and an earlier announcement by NHS England that they would double their central funding support to the country’s children’s hospices over the next five years.

The appeal sets out to raise £2 million to towards the Walsall hospice – which the charity had proposed for closure – until the full amount of new Government funding is reached.

Tickets for Acorns Santa Run are priced £15 for adults, £10 for children. Dogs can take part too for £5. Under twos are free.

To sign up for Acorns Santa Run, visit

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email

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