Call goes out to Santas to sign up for Leicester’s Christmas fun run for local charity

by Madi Bowman

The annual Santa fun run is returning to Leicester this December to help raise money for the Bodie Hodges Foundation which was set up in memory of a 10-month-old child who died in 2012.

Participants will be sponsored to dress up as Santas and run either a 1km or 3km course, with all profits going to the non-profit charity which supports bereaved children and families.

The run is taking place at midday on Sunday, December 11, at Leicester Racecourse. All proceeds will be donated to the charity and people are able to watch or take part.

Tickets for the event cost £10 for adults (16 years +) or £5 for children (3-15 years old). 

Participants will be running either a 1km course or 3km course and every participant aged over 3 years old will be given a Santa costume to run in. 

Those wishing to run the 1km run will be expected to attend to warm up at 12.45pm and there will be also an inclusive run for people with any disabilities at 1pm. 

The 3km run will be starting at 1.30pm. 

The foundation was created in 2012 following the death of Bodie Hodges, to provide services that support families as they grieve. 

It is run by Bodie’s parents Nick and Donna Hodges, who also hope to promote organ donation through their campaigns. 

They have recently created memory bags which are being given free of charge to children who have lost a family member. 

The memory bags are filled with grief resources to help children with how they are feeling about a recent death. 

All participants in the fun run will be rewarded with a medal for taking part and there will also be food and refreshments available to buy at a Christmas fair which will be run alongside it, including raffles and a tombola. 

More than 300 tickets have already been purchased through the charity’s website

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