Santa Launches Festive Dalby Forest Fun Run for Yorkshire Cancer Research

16 October 2017

Santa paid an early visit to Dalby Forest to help launch Yorkshire Cancer Research’s new festive-themed fun run.

The charity is inviting families to take part in a 5K run or a 2K dash for children at the Pickering forest on Sunday, December 3.

All participants will be provided with their very own Santa suit and everyone will receive a medal at the finish line.

The 5K will follow the route of the forest’s popular weekly parkrun, which starts at Low Dalby Village and includes woodland trails through some of the oldest areas of the forest.

The event is being supported by the Active Forest partnership between the Forestry Commission and North Yorkshire Sport.

Abbie Davis, Events and Partnership Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We can’t wait to welcome families to our exciting new Santa fun run at the beautiful Dalby Forest. With the chance to run, jog or walk through some of Yorkshire’s most picturesque woodland while supporting a great cause, it’s the perfect way to start the festive season. We’ll even have mince pies to welcome everyone back at the end.”

Money raised from the event will help ensure cancer patients in Yorkshire have access to the best possible treatment and care.

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Santa helps to launch Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Santa Fun Run with (from left) Abbie Davis, Events and Partnership Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, Paul Ashford, Forest Ranger at Dalby Forest, and Barry Howard, member of charity’s Pickering Voluntary Fundraising Committee



Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.

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