This weekend a group of ten fathers
walked 35 miles from Stafford to Birmingham Children's
Hospital to raise much needed funds for the Children's Cancer Centre Appeal.
Starting at 3.30am from Asda Stafford (who supported the venture with their annual toy appeal), the friends hike took them through Penkridge, Cannock and Walsall before eventually arriving at Birmingham Children's Hospital at 4pm.
The organiser, Dave Marsh, was inspired to undertake the challenge after his son Jack, aged two, was treated at the hospital for a rare spinal tumour when he
was only a few weeks old.
Dave said, "Two years ago, I was a devastated father, desperately wanting to have my baby boy well and home for Christmas Day. Birmingham Children's Hospital made that wish come true and it was the best Christmas present we could have ever wished for".
Many of their family friends have also had children that have been treated at the hospital and they were all united in wanting to give something back.
They walked the 35 miles dressed as Santas and pulling a sleigh laden with gifts from the toy appeal. They also raised over £6,500 in sponsorship, doubling their initial target.
They were welcomed by hospital staff who cheered as they arrived.
If you would like to support the santas, their Justgiving page www.justgiving.com/staffordsantas is still open for donations.
Notes to editors
The Stafford Santas are: Dave Marsh, Dave Williams, Arran Williams, Dai Rees,
Steve Gruar, Mark Stewart, Paul Lester, John Vincent, Tom Collier and Tim