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Merseyside Firefighters give Alder Hey patient Lincoln a day to remember ahead of Santa Dash

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Dad Mathew, Lincoln, Mum Tanya, Adam Dixon from Alder Hey Pic by Erica Dillon BTR Liverpool
Dad Mathew, Lincoln, Mum Tanya, Adam Dixon from Alder Hey. Pic by Erica Dillon BTR Liverpool

Youngster visits St Helens Community Fire Station ahead of guest of honour duties on Santa Dash day 

Milestone 20th staging of festive spectacular BTR Liverpool Santa Dash on 3 December 2023 

Official event charity partner Alder Hey Children’s Charity 

One week to register – 5,000 Santas now signed up

A team of 100 from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will be swapping fire kit for festive attire to take part in next weekend’s milestone 20th staging of the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash.

This is the 16th year the organisation has been part of the Liverpool Santa Dash, since first supporting the event back in 2007. This is the largest group they have had taking part.

Five-year-old Alder Hey patient Lincoln, from St Helens, will be guest of honour at the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash on Sunday 3 December 2023. Ahead of his duties, Santa Dash organiser BTR Liverpool arranged for Lincoln to visit St Helens Community Fire Station to meet the crew.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity is the Official Event Charity Partner for the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash 2023.

There is still time to fundraise for Alder Hey. Charity places are still available at www.alderheycharity.org/events/latest/liverpool-santa-dash

The very first Liverpool Santa Dash took place in 2004. It was created by BTR Liverpool Race Director Alan Rothwell, and is now thought to be the UK’s biggest festive 5K fun run.

The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is on Sunday 3 December, 9.30am start at Pier Head Liverpool. The iconic, world-famous waterfront will be transformed into a sea of thousands of red, blue, and mini Santas for the annual event.

More than 5,000 Santas have now signed up. Entries are open until Saturday 2 December – blue places have sold out. Places are now limited for the 1K Mini Dash for youngsters aged 12 and under.

Register at the Santa Dash pop-up shop in St Johns Shopping Centre. The shop is located on the lower level of St Johns Shopping Centre near the Matalan bridge and Post Office.

Opening times are Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm, and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Official BTR Liverpool Santa Dash merchandise is also available from the shop.

Alder Hey patient Lincoln has undergone open-heart surgeries at the world-class children’s hospital in Liverpool. His infectious enthusiasm and positivity has made him shine – and he has been chosen to represent the charity at this year’s Liverpool Santa Dash.

Lincoln will be guest of honour on the day with his family Mum Tanya, Dad Mathew, and brothers Deacon, Mac, and Jaxon. He will be taking part in the 1K Mini Dash – supported by Ader Hey mascot Oli the elephant who will be taking part in the main dash.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service firefighters and non-operational staff have been taking part since 2007. This year 100 Santas – including Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan – will represent the organisation to support the ethos of health and wellbeing while supporting the community event.

The crew from St Helens Community Fire Station welcomed Lincoln, his Mum Tanya and Dad Mathew for a fire station visit. The youngster was given the full fire station experience – being shown round the fire engine, shooting water, trying on a fire helmet, and a ride in the engine. The crew also presented him with his very own large toy fire engine to take home, T-shirt and baseball cap.

Mark Baldwin, Station Manager at St Helens Community Fire Station, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Lincoln, Mum and Dad. He’s been through such a lot at his young age, so the crew really wanted to make it a day to remember.

“The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is something we really look forward to at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service – and we’ve been taking part since 2007. We’ll have firefighters and recruit firefighters, fire control room staff, support staff and the Chief Fire Officer – all coming together as one team. It’s a great way to promote health and wellbeing, leading an active lifestyle, and having fun all while supporting a community event.

“As we head into the festive season we’d also like to remind people to check their smoke alarms as more electrical items are used in the household, including Christmas lights and decorations – please make sure your sockets are not overloaded. To book a home fire safety check or to replace your smoke alarm free of charge please call 0800 7315958.”

Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s aim is to deliver a fun-filled and positive experience for families, often at the toughest times, by raising money for innovative projects and creative activities. Thanks to generous donations, the charity has proudly pioneered life-saving treatments and provided comfort for young patients and their families. Funds raised by Alder Hey through the event will support its work to transform young lives through state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and ground-breaking medical research.

Lincoln’s Mum Tanya added: “The care and support Lincoln has received from Alder Hey since he was born has been incredible. Supporting the charity and the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is our way of saying thank you as a family and giving something back.

“The fire station visit was amazing and something we will never forget. The smile on Lincoln’s face said it all, he was absolutely thrilled. We’d like to say a big thank you to the crew at St Helens Community Fire Station, Alder Hey, and BTR Liverpool – not forgetting Oli the Alder Hey mascot. We cannot wait for the Santa Dash. Lincoln is excited to dress up as Santa, it’s going to be a lovely experience.”

Santas can support Alder Hey Children’s Charity by fundraising or making a one-off donation. The charity’s Santa Dash fundraising campaign for 2023 has already passed the £5,700 mark.

Santa Dash participants or supporters can fundraise or make a donation on the Alder Hey Liverpool Santa Dash official giving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/santadashah23

The 5K route starts from Pier Head Liverpool, passing through the Grade I Listed Royal Albert Dock Liverpool estate, winding its way through the city centre, before a grandstand finish line featuring stilt-walking festive characters and ‘real’ snow outside Liverpool Town Hall.

Lincoln will be joined on stage by the Lord Mayor Of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen.

The 1K Mini Dash is for youngsters aged 12 and under. It starts at approximately 11am in Castle Street, once all Santas in the main Dash have cleared the course. The youngsters follow a similar city centre route before crossing the finish line outside Liverpool Town Hall.

As the Santa Dash and Mini Dash participants pass Moorfields Train Station on Dale Street, they will be greeted by the sights and sounds of Liverpool drumming band Katumba.

Radio City is the Official Event Media Partner. Leanne and Scott from the Radio City Breakfast Show are supporting the event. Leanne will take part in the main Santa Dash.

Arriva North West is supporting the event for the sixth time with free bus travel across Merseyside on Santa Dash day. To claim complimentary bus travel to or from the city centre, Santas must be wearing their Santa suit and race number on the morning, or their Santa suit and finishers’ medal when travelling home. There is no cut-off time to travel after the event.

BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing, and delivering headline running events across Liverpool City Region. Its extensive portfolio covers various distances across different terrains, all with an ongoing commitment to sustainability. The BTR event calendar also includes the BTR Tour Of Merseyside, BTR Liverpool Half Marathon, and BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K.

The Liverpool Santa Dash entry fee covers all costs to organise and deliver the event including road closures, safety measures, Santa suits, medals, goody bags, and entertainment.

Full details can be found at www.btrliverpool.com/santa-dash-event

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