Are you team Santa or Rudolph? Pick a side for charity fun run

By Amanda Wilkins - 9 November 2023


Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity Brighter Futures is asking people to help raise funds for the Way Forward Appeal.

The appeal aims to enable the expansion of the Urgent Treatment Centre and Emergency Department and improve patient care.


Brighter Futures has again joined forces with the Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club and their chosen charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, to welcome back the Santa vs Rudolph Fun Run. 

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a registered charity providing essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Services in Wiltshire, Bath, and surrounding areas.

Its paramedics are trained in critical care skills and, together with the specialist medical equipment they use, this enables them to deliver gold standard medical care to patients.

Once people have chosen their team, they can choose to run, walk, or jog the 3km or 5km route around Lydiard Park.

All finishers will receive a Christmas-themed medal and a certificate to say how much they have raised. Participants will be invited to enjoy favourite Christmas tunes, a fun Zumba warm up, photos in Santa’s sleigh and more.

All runners will receive a Santa hat or Rudolph antlers included in their entry fee. Fancy dress is optional, but the organisers say they would love it if people got into the festive spirit and dressed as Team Santa, Team Rudolph, or anything else festive.

Entry fees

  • Adult (17+) - £12
  • Children (16 and under) - £9
  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) - £25
  • Infants (under 5) - Free entry

Service fees may apply.

Tickets can be purchased at

Entry fees covers the cost of putting on the event, so to help the organisers continue to improve urgent and emergency care services, they are asking everyone who takes part in the fun run to try and raise £80 in sponsorship.

A spokesperson said: "We know the cost of living is high at the moment, but we appreciate anything you are able to raise and are grateful for all your efforts. Thank you."

Further information can be found at


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