Santas on the Run! will raise £1000’s for specialist Pilgrims care

Paul Johnson from Ashford will be taking a festive dash along the Folkestone seafront on Sunday 8 December, when he joins hundreds of others in Pilgrims Hospices Santas on the Run! Christmas 5K or 3K fun run. The Harbour Arm will be a sea of festive fun-loving Santas, young and old, all raising valuable funds for local hospice care.

Paul in his running kit

Environmental Consultant, Paul, told us: “My dad Les was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. He benefits greatly from the amazing services provided by Pilgrims Hospices, especially their Wellbeing Centre in Ashford where he has physiotherapy and receives emotional support.

“I joined a local running club, Beginners2Runners in April this year following a difficult time; the club is brilliant and helped make a positive impact on me. The running has really made a big difference to my quality of life.

“I decided to channel my energies into raising money for Pilgrims as a way of making a difference for those who need palliative care, and their families.”

If you would like to support Paul please visit his JustGiving page and donate.

“Thank you to everyone who is supporting me, you are all helping to make a difference to end-of-life care in our area.” Paul added.

Lydia Todd, Pilgrims Challenge Events Officer said: “Thank you Paul for sharing your story, it’s wonderful that you are supporting us and helping to spread the word about our festive fun run.

“Good luck on the day, I’m sure you will enjoy every minute of the fabulous festive spectacle.”

Thank you to everyone who is supporting me, you are all helping to make a difference.


There’s still time to get involved and register to take part at or call Lydia Todd on 01227 812 609.

Your entry fee covers a Santa suit, a fabulous medal and, the feel-good factor that you are truly helping to make a difference.

Just by raising a little sponsorship you could help to pay for a patient to enjoy a mince pie and custard on the run up to Christmas, a festive dinner or physiotherapy sessions to help patients stay active and enjoy games with their family on Christmas Day.

See you there Santas!

Pilgrims Hospices is a charity providing palliative care free of charge to people in east Kent, and therefore relies on charitable donations.

If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims support, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about the options or visit for information on the Wellbeing Programme.