THREE hundred and fifty Santas turned Kidderminster into a Winter Wonderland as they ran 10km for Kemp Hospice.

The annual Santa Fun Run raised more than £21,000 for the Wyre Forest-based hospice.

Events fundraiser Kate Wilkinson said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Everyone was a really good sport. The marshals were great and really cheered the santas on around the course.”

Kidderminster Harriers striker Michael Gash started the santas on their journey at Brinton Park. The course took runners along the canal towpath to Wolverley and back to Kidderminster.

Severn Area Rescue Association were on hand to provide help if necessary along the canal and Harriers physiotherapist Luke Almond helped injured runners before and after the event.

The first santa home was Roy Wadey who managed the course in an impressive 38 minutes.

A group of santas from Kidderminster firm eResponse Recruitment raised £500 for the hospice.

Amy Byng, branch manager at the recruitment and training firm, said: “We had a great time at this year’s event and the atmosphere created by hundreds of santas was fantastic.

“There were some sore legs in the team the next day but we all think the aches and pains we worth it as we have helped raise £500 for one of Wyre Forest’s most loved and hardest-working charities.

“I hope the money raised helps Kemp’s amazing staff to continue to give first-class care for patients, support for their families and the local community. It’s a pleasure to have done our bit.”

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