Will you help Santa deliver the Greatest Gift for children and families at Acorns Children’s Hospice?
Thank you for your interest in the Acorns Virtual Santa Dash 2021. We are now closed for entries. Congratulations and thank you to all our Santas who have supported us this year!
This year Santa is asking for your help to deliver the Greatest Gift for children and families who use their local children’s hospice; the gift of care. He needs your help to raise funds for our specialist hospice care throughout the month of December for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.
Pull on your trainers, your winter boots or get on your bike and jingle all the way in support of local children and families.
We’ll be dashing through the snow, sunshine, and everything in-between on Wednesday 1st December. But don’t worry if you can’t join us on this day, you have until the 14th of December to complete your dash.
Choose your distance and pace
The Virtual Santa Dash can be completed all at once or over the course of several days. Participants can choose from 1, 5 or 12km.
It’s FREE to join Acorns Santa Dash, but it wouldn’t be right to deliver a gift without wearing the right outfit. So, once you raise just £10 per person, you’ll receive a FUNdraising pack containing your own Santa Suit (or a Christmas Sack* for children), medal and a certificate from the man himself!
*Limited availability of children’s Christmas Sacks, book early to make sure you get your Christmas treats.
Would provide two parents’ meals for a day at Acorns this Christmas.
Could help fund the equipment our nurses require when providing care in the family home.
Could provide one hour of vital nursing care to a child who needs specialist medical support on Christmas Day.
Could give parents the chance to stay in our family flat, so they can be by their child’s side during the festive period.
You can take part in our Virtual Santa Dash in any way you like, walk, roll, run or cycle your distance. Whatever you choose, you’ll be helping local life limited and life threatened children to get the care they need this Christmas.
You can also be part of our Santa Dash community by joining our Facebook Group for regular updates, fun challenges and competitions.
Three easy steps to get involved:
1. Ready… Start a fundraising page
JustGiving is a quick and easy way to promote your fundraising, collect sponsorship online and see how close we are to our target.
2. Steady… Join our Facebook Group
Join our exclusive Facebook Group to get regular updates and enjoy being a part of the Acorns Santa Dash community. Post planned routes, see where others are participating, join in with our challenges and competitions, and find fun ways to boost your total.
3. Go-Ho-Ho! Get fundraising!
Once you’ve raised £10 we’ll send you a FUNdraising pack full of handy festive hints, tips and activities, along with your Santa Suit or Christmas Sack, medal and certificate.
Together, we can deliver the greatest gift for local children and families
For families like Ezra’s the greatest gift is the support and care they get from their local children’s hospice. Your fundraising allows us to be there for them during the good times and the difficult times, just £10 will help us to keep providing our vital care and support.
Ezra has a life threatening genetic disorder called congenital hyperinsulinism. This means his body produces dangerously high levels of insulin. His mum Emily explains what having Acorns support means for their family.
“Without Acorns life would be bleak because it is so relentless. Acorns have supported me through so many things, even the long hospital stays when we’ve been miles from Acorns.”
“When people meet Ezra the first thing they notice is his big smile. He makes everybody smile because he’s got such a huge personality. He makes me laugh every single day. The second thing they will notice is that he always wears a backpack. A backpack which beeps.
“A few days after Ezra was born and we got him home, we noticed he wasn’t waking up at night to feed as his older brother did. I had to set an alarm to make sure I fed him every four hours. One night I went to feed him and found he was very floppy so we rushed him to A&E.
“After a few worrying days in intensive care, Ezra was diagnosed with Congenital Hyperinsulinism.
“The scary thing about his condition is that he can go downhill very rapidly. Without warning his blood sugar level can drop to a critical level and he will fall unconscious, unable to be woken up. Multiple times we have had to call an ambulance. It’s a petrifying experience.
“Ezra has to wear a backpack every hour of the day. In his backpack he has lots of things to keep him well. His medication and his feeds, which is a special food he is given via a tube every two hours to keep his sugar levels up. And most important is his glucose monitor which beeps. The monitor takes his blood sugar levels every five minutes and will beep if it drops too low, this is when we know to give him medication.
“Our lives are very busy and full on because we have to constantly check Ezra’s levels, and give him his feeds and medications. This is why coming to Acorns means so much.
“When Ezra comes to Acorns Children’s Hospice for a short break, he has so much fun. They indulge his every whim. They will give him all the attention and he has the time of his life. He really looks forward to his Acorns visits. It gives me a break too because I know he is in the safest of hands.
“It means I get a full night’s sleep with no alarms and no thinking about medicine, but it also gives me quality time with Stanley, Ezra’s older brother.
“It’s really important that Stanley gets some focus and Acorns have been amazing and so supportive of his needs as well. He has met other siblings who are in a similar situation, so he knows he isn’t alone. He also has a Sibling Support Worker who is there to talk to when he needs it.
“Ezra is become a bit more unstable again at the moment, but I know I’ve got Acorns and that they know exactly how to care for him. Acorns is our little safety net. I feel so lucky to have them.” Emily, Ezra’s mum