Snowy Santa Fun Run Raises Money for Yorkshire Cancer Research

04 December 2017

Dalby Forest became a winter wonderland on Sunday (December 3) when more than 100 Santas ran through snowy woodland trails to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The event included a 5K run and a 2K dash for children, and all participants were provided with their very own Santa suit and a snowflake-shaped medal at the finish line.

It was the first time the charity had held the fun run, which was supported by the Active Forest partnership between the Forestry Commission and North Yorkshire Sport.

The route began at Low Dalby Village and included woodland trails through some of the oldest areas of the forest.

Abbie Davis, Events and Partnerships Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We absolutely loved holding our Santa Fun Run in the Dalby Forest. The snow made it feel especially festive and we were so proud of everyone who came out on such a cold day to raise money for the charity.

“We’d like to thank all those involved in making the day a success, including our amazing volunteers, the Pickering Voluntary Fundraising Committee, Dalby Forest staff and the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, who provided medical support on the day.”

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

For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit



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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