Virtual Santa Dash – Our Santa Dash, Your Way

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  • Date:

    13th December 2020

  • Price:

    Adults £5 / Children £3

  • Summary:

    Get in the festive spirit by taking part in The Myton Hospice’s famous Santa Dash, this year with a difference – our event, your way!


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    Get in the festive spirit by taking part in The Myton Hospice’s famous Santa Dash, this year with a difference – our event, your way!


    This year we’re asking you to decide the distance you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it; you can do anything from walking, jogging and running to cycling, rowing and swimming – or why not go all out and complete your distance on a space hopper or unicycle?!

    Whatever you choose to do, put on your festive fancy dress on Sunday 13th December to join hundreds of Myton supporters taking part on the same day. We can’t be together in person but we can unite for a great cause!

    Although the event won’t be quite the same this year, we need your support more than ever so we can ensure we are here for people who need us most, during the Coronavirus pandemic and in the future.

    Sign up online today

     

    Help us make it to Lapland...


    Did you know Lapland – the home of Santa himself – is almost 3,402km away?

    That’s quite a way to travel, but if 680 of you take on 5km each for our Santa Dash, your combined efforts would get us to Lapland! There’s a challenge for you, your friends, neighbours and family members to all get involved in and let’s see if we can take a virtual trip to Lapland together this Christmas!

    Whatever else is happening in the world nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like pulling on a Santa suit for your local charity. So whether signing up gives you the perfect excuse to lace up your running shoes, get on your bike, set yourself a wacky challenge or have some fun as a family, this is the event for you!

    We are still hoping to meet our fundraising target of £38,000 from sign-ups and the sponsorship you raise by taking part in our Santa Dash this year, and we know that, with your support, together we can make this happen!

    Due to the impact Coronavirus has had on our ability to raise vital funds we expect to see a significant drop in voluntary income of somewhere in the region of £2 million this year.

    Now, more than ever, we need to raise vital funds so we can continue providing our services to people with terminal and life limiting illnesses, and their families, over the festive period.

    Join hundreds of other Santa’s and elves and do something amazing for your local community this Christmas!

     

    Help us protect the environment...


    We’re very conscious of making our events as environmentally friendly as possible and with this in mind, we are encouraging you to reuse suits if you have taken part in our Santa Dash previously, or wear your own festive fancy dress!

    As we are now so close to the big day we can no longer offer Santa Suits for purchase as we cannot ensure they will reach you on time.

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    Returning for 2020...


    Santa’s Little Helpers

    We’re hoping to have a team of fundraisers who will be our very special Santa’s Little Helpers (big helpers are very welcome to join too!)!

    Pledge to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship and you will receive a Festive Myton Facemask and a pair of reindeer antlers!

    Adults and children welcome!

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    Best Dressed Dog

    We’ve always encouraged well-behaved dogs to take part in our Santa Dash events, and although we won’t be able to see those wagging tails in paw-son this year, we still want to see photos of your four-legged fundraisers in festive fancy dress!

    Whether they have a Christmas jumper, Santa suit or antlers to wear, dress your dog in something festive, send a photo in and enter them into our virtual Best Dressed Dog competition. There will even be a prize for the top dog! For just £2, enter your dog when signing up or if you have already signed up and wish to enter your dog separately click here.

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    This event is the perfect way to kick start Christmas for the whole family and help make a difference!

    Please contact the events team on events@mytonhospice.org or 01926 838891 for more information or any assistance!
  • The difference your support makes


    For Andy Smith, Coventry Myton Hospice was as close to heaven as he could have imagined when his wife Helen was admitted for end of life care in August 2019.

    They met in Derbyshire, Christmas Eve 1983, where Helen was working the festive season at a hotel. Andy knew by Boxing Day she was the one for him.  At the time she was in her second year at Manchester University studying Illustration.

    Helen Smith - People's Stories - The Myton Hospices - Warwickshire - Coventry - Leamington Spa - Rugby

    In 2016, Helen had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer following a hysterectomy. The operation appeared to have removed all the cancerous cells but she went through chemotherapy to ensure the cancer was gone. She was having check-ups every 3 months but the cancer returned in the autumn of 2018 and was now in her Lungs, Liver and Lymph Glands.

    After more chemotherapy, Helen and Andy decided to make some memories knowing that their time together was limited. They enjoyed trips away to Liverpool, Norfolk and the Cotswolds, spent time with family, and most importantly they spent quality time with their grandchildren who were both just 18 months old.

    Helen Smith - People's Stories - The Myton Hospices - Warwickshire - Coventry - Leamington Spa - Rugby

    Helen was rushed to hospital with blood clots in her leg two weeks before she came to Myton. As the clots moved from her legs towards her lungs, she and her family were told she had just days left to live – news which none of them had expected.

    Helen arrived at Coventry Myton Hospice on the Thursday afternoon, but neither she, Andy, nor their children knew what to expect from a hospice.
    None of us knew what a hospice was like and it wasn’t something we’d ever really considered; we just assumed she’d die in hospital which isn’t the nicest thought. We were just knocked out by the place – from the minute we got there we knew it wasn’t like a hospital. They just made everything so much easier.

    We knew it was the ‘last stop’ but it made the memories all the more special. We knew what was going to happen but Myton made it a little less horrible; it was like a little heaven. Our kids and I used the relatives’ accommodation and we were given privacy when we needed it.

    Experiencing Myton made me realise that it is as much for the loved ones as it is for the patients. We could be a family rather than worrying about looking after Helen. We made the room ‘hers’ with her favourite cushions from home and photos of the family. I brought my guitar with me and was able to sing to her – it was little things like that which, when you look back, meant there were moments in there which were beautiful.

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  • Fundraising


    Take a look at our Virtual Santa Dash Wall of Fame

    Unless you have joined our team of Santa’s Little Helpers, we do not suggest a minimum sponsorship amount, we just ask that you raise as much as possible. Your registration fee enables us to put the event on, but it is your sponsorship money which makes the difference to our patients and their families.

    To reach our target of £38,000 we rely entirely on you raising sponsorship. Have a look at the difference the money you raise will make:

    • £50 will fund two hours of specialist nursing care in our hospices this Christmas

    • £84 will fund a patient’s meals for one week

    • £106 will fund a Myton at Home nurse to visit a patient at home over Christmas

    • £162 will fund 10 children’s bereavement counselling sessions to help a young person who is facing their first Christmas without a loved one

    • £406 will fund an inpatient bed for one day for someone who is too ill to spend Christmas at home

    • £2,000 would buy a patient specific recliner chair to enable patients to spend time out of bed with their family over the festive period


    Online Fundraising Hub

    We are committed to supporting each and every one of our supporters fundraising for Myton and have put together some resources to help you along the way! Take a look at our online fundraising hub by clicking here.


    Online Fundraising

    Setting up a JustGiving fundraising page is one of the most effective and easy ways of encouraging families, friends and colleagues to sponsor you. By setting up a JustGiving page, you can share your fundraising page via email and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as often as you want to.

    Having an online fundraising page also means you do not have to physically collect money after the event, plus Gift Aid is automatically calculated and processed.

    If you haven't already why not set up your online fundraising page through JustGiving with just a few simple clicks. Find out how to set up a JustGiving page by clicking here.

    Will you make it onto our Wall of Fame? Keep an eye out to see if you are one of our top fundraisers!

    Facebook Fundraising

    Please let us know, by emailing the Events Team, if you set up a Fundraiser on Facebook; we receive limited information from Facebook which makes it extremely hard for us to link the donation to your fundraising otherwise.

    Match Funding

    These are two words charities love to hear! Many employers offer match funding which means they will match what you have raised (to a certain amount), potentially doubling what you raise for Myton! Why not speak to your employer to find out if this is something they will do?

    Gift Aid

    UK taxpayers can raise an additional 25% through Gift Aid at no extra cost to themselves. To ensure we can claim Gift Aid we need the full name, home address and postcode of your sponsors – and of course, don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box!

     

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  • Event Guide


    Complete your chosen distance, dressed in something festive, on Sunday 13th December! We love to see photos of you out and about taking part in our events, so please share your snaps with us on social media @MytonHospices

     

    Dressing Up

    Whatever festive attire you wear, please make sure you have suitable footwear and clothes underneath to keep you warm.

     

    Certificates

    Due to the impact Coronavirus is having on our fundraising, we are trying to reduce event costs where possible to ensure we are able to continue raising vital funds to support our patients and their families. With this in mind, we won't be providing medals this year but everyone will receive a bespoke Santa Dash 2020 certificate.

     

    Help us spread the word!

    We can’t all be together this year, but we can unite for a great cause so please encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to take part too!

     

    Facebook and Twitter

    Keep up to date with all the latest news about this year’s event by joining our official Santa Dash Facebook event group by clicking here.

    You can share the event and posts to encourage others to take part too. It’s not often you get the chance to walk, jog or run dressed as Santa!

     

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