This year marks the 10th anniversary of Acorns Santa Run in Birmingham and return of the event to Walsall, so it's going to be even bigger and better then ever before. Whether you prefer a leisurely 2k stroll or a fun 5k, we have two routes at two great locations to suit everyone.
We'll supply you with your own Santa suit and a medal as you cross the finish line. To top this off Super Santas have the chance to run for FREE!
Get together with family, friends, colleagues (and your pet pooches) and take part this December.
Whether you're a speedy Santa or prefer a more leisurely pace, there are two great routes to choose from!
2nd December, Cannon Hill Park
3rd December, Walsall Arboretum
If you have any trouble registering online or would prefer to fill out a paper version of our registration form then please download the relevant form below. The form can be filled in via PDF and emailed to us at email@example.com or you can print it out, fill it in and post it back to Acorns Santa Run, Acorns Children's Hospice, Drakes Court, Alcester Road, Wythall, Birmingham, B47 6JR.
Please note the deadline for registration is 29th November. You can sign up on the event day but this is subject to availability.
Adult - £20
6 - 15 yrs - £10
3 - 5 yrs - £5
0 - 2 yrs - FREE
Dogs - £2
Family of 4* - £50
Please note unfortunately we can’t provide Santa suits to under 6s due to size restrictions
To view our terms and conditions for Acorns Santa Run 2017 please click here
*2 Adults and 2 Children
Handy event information
We just wanted to let you know that Cannon Hill park have recently introduced car parking charges
- Up to 4 hours £2
- Up to 16.5 hours £3
Most of the machines accept cash or payment by phone (except for x8 of the machines in Queens Ride, Wildlife Conservation Centre and Russell Road car parks which are cash only)
There are no car parking charges at Walsall Arboretum.
FREE entry to the National Sea Life Centre
Great news, National Sea Life Centre Birmingham are offering FREE* entry to all those taking part in our Santa Run on 2nd and 3rd December!
What better way to finish the day than by saying hello to the penguins?
*Please note that you need to visit on the day that you take part in our Santa Run in order to receive Free entry.
Your entry fee helps to cover our event costs. By raising sponsorship you will be helping to provide care for local life limited or life threatened children and support their families.
When Super Santas raise £100 to help us care we'll say thank you by giving you your registration fee back! (Mini Santas are also welcome to take part.)
£100 could pay for almost 3 hours of vital care for a child like Isabella at one of our hospices
10 year old Isabella has Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer and was diagnosed when she was just three years old.
Two years ago, the family received the news that Isabella’s cancer had returned aggressively and she would be undertaking a significant amount of further treatment. It was the third time the cancer had returned. A family support worker recommended Acorns to Isabella and the family.
Mum Jennie said: "I thought hospices were somewhere that children went to die. I thought it was like hospital. I thought it would be like the wards that we’d been on. That’s the impression I had but I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I wish we’d accessed the service a lot sooner because Isabella gets so much out of it!"
"Isabella loves going in to the hospice too and can’t wait to go in and wave us off at the door. She goes when she’s well enough - straight to the craft room usually! She absolutely loves craft - cutting, gluing, painting."
At Acorns, a range of specially trained professionals and medical staff are on hand to ensure children are safe and cared for properly. The staff understand Isabella’s various medical needs, so Jennie knows she is in safe hands.
Mum Jennie said:"The impact on us if there was no Acorns would be significant. It’s not just the support of the hospice that makes a difference, it’s also the special events and trips out which we wouldn’t be able to do as a family without Acorns support."
We rely heavily on the local community to fund the majority of our activities, which is why with your support we can continue to make a real difference to life limited or life threatened children. The £100 you raise could go towards almost 3 hours of vital care for a child like Isabella at one of our hospices.
With our festive fundraising tips and tools, raising £100 could be easier than you think! There are lots of different ways that you can fundraise for Santa Run, you can set up a JustGiving page, take a sponsorship form to family, friends or colleagues or make a donation.
Creating a JustGiving page is a great way of telling your story about why you are raising money for Acorns. Once you've set up your page you don't need to forward your sponsor money to us as it will be transferred to us automatically.
To set up your JustGiving page for Acorns Santa Run Birmingham click here
To set up your JustGiving page for Acorns Santa Run Walsall click here
Download our sponsorship form which is easy to print out and use so you can keep track of any sponsorship received.
Super Santa poster
Our Super Santa poster gives lots of ideas to help you fundraise such as holding a Christmas quiz or asking for a donation instead of Christmas cards. Plus you can keep track of your progress by colouring in the totaliser!
Simply click the image to download and print your own poster.
Facebook cover photo
Click the images to download your own Santa Run cover photo and help to spread the word.
Download your Santa Run email footer and pop it on the bottom of your emails to help spread the word and let your contacts know you are taking part.
Paying in your fundraising
If you set up a JustGiving page then you don't need to do anything as the money will be transferred to us automatically.
Pay in your fundraising online here.
Support and questions
For further information on the event, please contact our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01564 825 023