THERE may not be hundreds of Santas pounding the pavements in Winchester this year.

But Naomi House and Jacksplace's annual Christmas fun run will still go ahead.

The charity has launched a virtual version, in which participants of any age can create their own 5k route – so long as it is completed in December.

Once registered, they will be sent a red Santa suit and a fluffy white beard.

Charlotte Patrick, events fundraiser at Naomi House and Jacksplace said: "Although we’re really disappointed that our normal event can’t take place in Winchester, we’re so excited to be able to encourage people to join in the fun in their local areas.

"This event is for all ages and we can’t wait to see the photos of everyone dressed up in their Santa suits – mums, dads, children, grandparents, work colleagues.

"Even though everyone has to be mindful of government guidelines due to the pandemic, they can still have loads of fun and laughs, whilst supporting local children and young adults with serious illnesses."

Participants can walk, skip, jump or dance to the finish line.

A minimum of £25 must be raised which will go towards the work of Naomi House and Jacksplace, which runs two hospices in Sutton Scotney.

Ms Patrick added: "The festive event traditionally sees hundreds of Santas running through the streets of Winchester, but due to the pandemic and the latest lockdown restrictions, this can no longer take place.

"But Christmas is never cancelled at Naomi House and Jacksplace and this year, participants are being encouraged to take part virtually in their local areas, keeping within Government guidelines."

To register visit