CancerCare is set to bring its annual Santa Dash fundraising extravaganza to Millom this Christmas.

The Santa Dash is one of the charity’s flagship events which usually sees hundreds of people dressed as Father Christmas enjoy a fun run around Lancaster city centre as part of the Christmas light switch-on festivities.

This year’s Santa Dash will take place on the following dates:

Sunday 28 November at 11am – Kendal Leisure Centre. One mile fun run

Sunday, December 5 at 11am - Millom Community Track. One mile fun run

Sunday 19 December at 11am – Morecambe Promenade. One mile fun run

Organiser of the Millom event Heidi Bowron said: “The Santa Dash is one of our favourite events because, as well as raising thousands of pounds, the sight of so many people running around, having fun dressed as Father Christmas does a fantastic job raising awareness about the work we do.

“This year we will be doing it across all of the areas we serve and it will be wonderful to see everyone out with their families having fun. I am particularly excited about the run in Millom as we have never done one in the town before but the support from local people has been amazing and we have sold lots of tickets already.”

The Millom event will be a short family fun run around the community track with a variety of entertainment including live DJ.

Taking part will be the Cairns family from Millom.

Mum Abbey said: “We love doing things as a family at Christmas and were excited to see the Santa Dash taking place right on our doorstep. We are looking forward to taking part with all the other Santas, having loads of fun and raising money for a fantastic local charity which does wonderful work helping so many local people.”

Last year’s Virtual Santa Dash raised more than £14,000 for the charity and this year it is hoping to do even better.

CancerCare chief executive Alison Stainthorpe said: “We provide support for a number of clients from Millom at our Barrow Centre and we are hoping the event will help us spread the word about what we do to even more people in the town.

“It costs us around £142,000 a month to operate our centres and we rely on public donations for the vast majority of the money we need to keep going. The community has always really got behind Santa Dash, and I’m sure they will again this year.”

The overall sponsor of the event is FGH Security. The Millom Santa Dash is also being sponsored by Forth Engineering and Ian Hudson & Co Ltd.