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​Thousands of Santas ‘Ho Ho Ho’ to the finish line in a festive fun run

Press Release   •   Dec 08, 2015 10:38 GMT

An annual Santa Run took place on Sunday 6 December in East London to raise funds for charity.

Up to 4,000 people donned a Santa suit and took on a 10k fun runaround Victoria Park, including a group of Royal Mail graduates who raised £4640 with matched giving for the Stroke Association.

The team of nine celebrated an event that was all about ‘the taking part' and ‘not the winning’ to fund Life After Stroke grants.

Olivia Walker, 21, a Royal Mail Graduate, said: “I ran the Santa Run to raise money for the Stroke Association because my family have been deeply affected by stroke. The Santa Run was a fun and festive way to support a cause that’s very close to my heart and I feel proud that I completed my first 10k run.”

Ruth Dunkin, Community and Events Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “I want to thank the Royal Mail team for their time and generosity in taking part in a fantastic Sunday morning event. Royal Mail were the perfect Santa’s and really got into the festive spirt.”

Money raised from the Royal Mail charity partnership with the Stroke Association will provide Life After Stroke grants to around 10,000 people, giving a vital lifeline to ensure stroke survivors and their families can rebuild their lives.

If you would like to sign up to a 5k, 10k or 15k run in the New Year, find out more here: www.stroke.org.uk/resolution

For more information about stroke call the helpline on 0303 3033 100.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.  

Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk