ONE of Worcester's most popular festive events will go ahead this year despite coronavirus restrictions, albeit in a slightly different form.

The Acorns Hospice Santa Dash, which sees hundreds of Santas running to raise money for the hospice, is going ahead as a virtual event this year.

The free challenge is calling on the public to "help Santa save Christmas" by running, walking or jogging their own 1, 5 or 12km routes, clocking up enough miles to return the North Star to the North Pole ready for Christmas.

Kate McMahon, events co-ordinator for Acorns, said: "Our big festive fundraiser has always been one of our best loved events and while it’s disappointing we can’t all come together in events like we have in previous years, you can still support local children and families virtually.

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"We understand that times are tough, so to help spread some cheer, entry to this event is free. Instead we’re asking participants to give a gift to the children at Acorns by fundraising.”

After selecting their preferred distance, participants can complete the challenge all in one go or over several days.

Those who raise £10 will receive a Santa outfit, with elf costumes for little ones, a medal and a certificate from Santa himself.

Kate added: “We’ll be dashing through the snow, sunshine, or everything in-between on December 1.

"But don’t worry if you can’t join us on this day, you have until the December 14 to complete your challenge.

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“So please, pull on your winter warmers, join Santa’s Star Dash and help us continue our care for some of the most vulnerable children and families in our community.”

Acorns has been at the forefront in the battle against coronavirus, supporting some of the most vulnerable families as well as the wider emergency response of the NHS and social care system.

It costs the charity, which cares for families from across the West Midlands, almost £10 million every year to continue – the bulk of which comes from donations and fundraising.

To sign up to Santa’s Star Dash or for more information, go to