Wanted – people to dress up as Santa all on the same day and collect money in their community for St Elizabeth Hospice.
This simple yet fun festive fundraising event, called Suffolk Santas, was launched last year and raised thousands of pounds so is back again for 2011.
Santas are asked to collect donations from their friends, colleagues, neighbours, relatives or community groups any time between 8am and 8pm on Friday 9th December.
By collecting just £65, each Santa will be funding five minutes of St Elizabeth Hospice care.
It is just £5 to register and you will be given a Santa suit, collecting bucket and identity badge.
Suffolk Santas’ event organiser Rachael Maidment, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said, “For one day only Suffolk Santas will take to the streets spreading goodwill and collecting donations to help give St Elizabeth Hospice a Christmas gift of care.
“This is a simple yet fun way of raising money to help us continue to provide specialist services and support.
“Why not get a group of friends or relatives together and take to the streets en masse – or just wear the Santa hat at work and take the bucket round to your colleagues who with the festive season approaching should be in giving mood!”
St Elizabeth Hospice improves life for people living in Suffolk with a progressive illness. The Hospice is an independent charity, which provides services free of charge and costs £6.6 million a year to run. It relies heavily on the support of the local community and more than three quarters of its income is generated by the public including from fundraising events like Suffolk Santas.
• You can register to take part at www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk or call 01473 723600. This event is open to over 18s only.