FAMILIES are being urged to kick off their Christmas in style by donning Santa suits and running shoes to raise funds for those living with life-limiting illnesses.

Katharine House Hospice’s annual Santa Fun Run will take place on Sunday, December, 2 at 10am at Wykham Park Academy in Banbury.

All funds generated will go towards the £25,000 needed to fund the hospice’s inpatient unit for the five days over the Christmas period.

Participants can choose from a 5km or 1km route, and everyone taking part will receive a Santa suit and medal as part of their registration fee.

Cherida Plumb, community and events manager, said; “Our annual Santa Fun Run has become a key date in many people’s diaries and we are urging more families than ever to kick start their Christmas early and take part in this year’s run. This is a great way for families to give back to our community."

Tickets are £15 for adults, £8 for children and each budding Santa is encouraged to raise a minimum of £30 sponsorship. See khh.org.uk/santa