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Catching Santa this year is just a stroll away

Catching Santa is just a stroll away for those joining Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s 2019 Kendal Leisure Centre December Santa Stroll, entry to which is now open following its launch by supporters, from the left, Suzanne Taylor, of Eric Wright Group, four-year-old Betsy Allen and her Ackenthwaite neighbour Liz Nelson, Santa and Rosemere’s Julie Hesmondhalgh

Catching up with Father Christmas this year is just a stroll away for anyone living in and around Kendal!

Santa will be leading the way on a one-mile, family-friendly stroll setting out from Kendal Leisure Centre at 11 am on Saturday, 7th December, which is raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

A gazebo at the back of the leisure centre will be the stroll’s registration, starting and end point so all strollers can re-energise on free refreshments under shelter on finishing and collect a certificate of achievement.

The walk is being sponsored by Eric Wright Group, which has delivered a number of schemes in and around Kendal and currently manages the Wainwright’s Yard development. It is also the second festive season stroll Rosemere Cancer Foundation has brought to Kendal, the first being in 2017. It set out and finished at the Dojo Judo Centre on Parkside Business Park but otherwise, the route’s the same.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s South Cumbria fundraising co-ordinator, said: “The stroll is very much a family event to kickstart the run-up to Christmas. We’re encouraging strollers of all generations to wear Christmas fancy dress and deck themselves in tinsel. Our aim is to make it lots of fun.”

Commenting on the event, Jeremy Hartley, managing director of Eric Wright Group, said: “We first began supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundation seven years ago and are delighted to support its Kendal Santa Stroll following on from our support of Walk in the Dark earlier this year. As a local company, we are well aware of Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s work to support those in treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre and all of our region’s hospital cancer units and in recognition of this they were also nominated as one of our Charities of the Year in 2018 with a substantial donation.”

To save time on the day, strollers are invited to pre-register via the Rosemere Cancer Foundation website at but last minute entrants will still be able to sign up at the venue.

Entry is £5 for anyone aged over 16 years and £2 for those aged under 16. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including those at Westmorland and Furness General Hospitals.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford.