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Christmas Santa Dash

Newsdate: 11 October 2017

Staff from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust will be donning their festive Santa suits and taking part in this year’s Wigan Christmas Dash. The event is once again being held in Mesnes Park and is taking place on 10th December at 11:00 am.

The 5k fun run is suitable for all ages and abilities and everyone taking part will receive a Santa suit to run in. Entry also includes a turkey sandwich, mince pie and mulled wine (water for children) for all finishers.

It doesn't matter if you're in it for fun or if you're in it to win...we want you to get sponsors and come and run and raise money for the Trust’s Three Wishes Charity.

You can register for this event on Wigan’s Christmas Dash website

Raising money for the Three Wishes Charity means that together, we can do more for our patients. Please set up your ‘Christmas Dash’ fundraising page through our Just Giving page at:

Janet Pennington, Fundraising Manager says: “The Wigan Christmas Dash is a great way for people to come together and raise money for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust's Charity ‘Three Wishes’.  Last year 300 people took part from across the borough – but this year we want to double that! WWL is at the heart of the community, and this is an ideal opportunity for people of all abilities to have fun and to give something back. Whether it’s a Christmas Dash or a Santa Stroll, please join us and help us to do more for our patients.  We are also looking for volunteer wardens to help us on the day.  If you are interested in being a volunteer warden, please contact me via”

Our Three Wishes Charity has the 'Big Eight Funds' within it, which allows donors to fundraise for the services of their choice. Please make sure you state on your Just Giving Page / sponsorship form, which individual fund within the Three Wishes Charity you would like to fundraise for, otherwise donations will go to the Patient Wish Fund, which funds vital equipment and initiatives across all departments.

The Three Wishes Charity is working in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and is encouraging people to take part in a training programme in the run up to the event. Details of organised runs which are taking place across the borough can be found on the Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles website: or you can follow the NHS Livewell Couch to 5k plan