The BBC Suffolk breakfast team and EACH volunteers in training in Ipswich
Three extra-special Santa Runs are taking place across Suffolk for Christmas 2010.
They are being organised by East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) in aid of the Treehouse Appeal to build a £3m hospice in Ipswich.
The runs are in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft.
"Compared with last year, many more people know about EACH and I hope this will encourage people to sign up," said Karen Chesney, EACH events fundraiser.
BBC Suffolk's breakfast show team will be starting the three runs and covering them and other EACH events 6-9am on weekday mornings.
Mark Murphy has been a marshall and a runner in Ipswich in previous years
Presenter Mark Murphy said: "These runs have been hugely successful in recent years, but I'm really hoping this year will see even more people donning Santa suits.
"It's great fun for all the family, whatever you running ability."
Nick Joplin, from the EACH fundraising team, said: "You see them going down the street - old, young, small, big, dogs as well.
"It's just a fantastic sight to see so many Santas dressed up on a Sunday morning."
EACH has held Santa Runs before, but this year will see the first one in Lowestoft.
The runs are between 2.5 and 3km and the idea is that everyone dresses up in the traditional red and white bearded Santa outfit.
There were five runs across East Anglia in 2009 and almost £50,000 was raised.
EACH is hoping for a much bigger entry this year given the high profile of the Treehouse Appeal.
The new hospice is being built at St Augustine's Gardens in Ipswich
Karen Chesney said: "We are really excited about all three Suffolk events this year as they include a brand new venue and new routes."
The Bury St Edmunds event on Sunday, 28 November starts at 10.30am at Charter Square in the Arc development.
The Ipswich run on Sunday, 12 December starts at 11am at Dance East on the Waterfront.
The Lowestoft run, also on Sunday, 12 December, begins at 11am at Claremont Pier. All the runs finish where they started and the courses are chosen for their suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Entry for all the runs is £10 per person including a Santa suit (£5 for those aged 13 and under which includes a Santa hat) or you could make your own costume of course.
For full details visit the
EACH Santa Runs
To give money without doing a Santa Run, please send a cheque made payable to "EACH Treehouse Appeal" to:
EACH Treehouse Appeal, Epsilon House, West Road, Ipswich, IP3 9FJ
The appeal donation line number is 01473 276116.
Donate online at
EACH Treehouse Appeal
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The Treehouse Appeal began on Tuesday, 16 March, 2010 and this page will be updated to report the campaign's progress.
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