Santa Dash raises vital funds for Derbyshire Stroke Centre

Students and staff from Chesterfield College took part in a 3km Santa Dash this morning to raise money for the Derbyshire Stroke Centre. There was a sea of Santas, a team of elves, a Christmas tree, a Grinch and plenty of other fantastic festive fancy dress costumes at the event in Queens Park in Chesterfield.

Students and staff on the starting line of the Santa Dash in Queens Park


Principal’s Charity of the Year

The participants all braved the rain to support the Principal’s Charity of the Year. Their efforts raised over £600, which the charity say is vital to help them carry out their work and develop services to support people who have suffered a stroke.

Santa Dash participants 2021
The Derbyshire Stroke Centre

Debbie Newton from the Derbyshire Stroke Centre came to the event to cheer on the runners. Before she started the race she told us:

“I am amazed at the turnout today, it is fantastic. Fundraising has taken a back seat during the pandemic so whatever we are able to raise is amazing. Events like this are superb and very important to raise awareness about the centre and the support that is available as well. We are currently fundraising for specialist transport for people with mobility issues to access our day centre. We offer a door to door service.”

The centre offers a community for stroke survivors. It has a café and a gym on site. It also provide a  day centre which offers lots of activities from exercise to dance groups as well as singers and entertainers. At the moment around 50 to 100 people use the service over the week.

Runners at the 2021 Santa Dash

College community backs the charity

The Santa Dashers were keen to raise funds for the Stroke Centre and enjoyed a bit of healthy competition too. There were prizes for the fastest student and staff runners as well as for the best fancy dress outfits.

Students from across the college took part in the dash. Media students took photographs and videos to document the event and public services students marshalled the event.

A lifeline of support

Julie Richards, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of The Chesterfield College group said;

“It was wonderful to see so many staff and students supporting The Derbyshire Stroke Centre this morning. I’d like to thank them for their generosity and community spirit. Not only was it a fantastic festive start to the last week of term before the Christmas holidays, I know the money they raised by taking part will be put to good use. The service the charity provides offers such a lifeline to so many people and I am proud that the college is able to support them.”




Published by Lisa On 13th December 2021

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