Bolton Wanderers in the Community would like to say a huge thank you and a Merry Christmas to all the dashers who took part in their first ever Santa Dash at the University of Bolton Stadium.
The day turned out to be a great success and, despite the cold and wet winter conditions, there was no dampening of spirits for the Santas!
Alongside 80+ santas dashing around the perimeter of the University of Bolton Stadium were Lofty the Lion, Manager Ian Evatt, CEO Neil Hart and BWitC CEO, Phil Mason.
Phil Mason praised the family friendly event saying:
"It was great to see all those who came to support the Santa Dash on Saturday. I want to say a big thank you to all who braved the freezing temperatures to take part and support the work of Bolton Wanderers in the Community and help with the warm spaces initiative in Bolton. A special thank you to our first team manager Ian Evatt and CEO Neil Hart for taking part and leading the charge in promoting our work as a Club in the community."
After the event, dashers were given complimentary tickets, medals and selection boxes which were kindly donated by local superstore, Gee Tee’s in Westhoughton. Christmas then came early for participants as they were able to cheer on the Whites to a 2-0 victory against Exeter City.
The money raised from the Santa Dash will be invested into BWitC’s 'Warm Hubs'. These are local places where the most vulnerable in our community can visit to keep warm over the winter. One of these hubs is the newly established Sutton Centre, a community hot spot which allows BWitC to widen its area of delivery and create a more accessible option for those who struggle to reach the stadium.
To date, over £1200 has been raised. If you would like to donate, please follow the link: BWFC Santa Dash - JustGiving