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Hovertravel November, 24 2021

Santas to dash over the Solent with Hovertravel

The Fire Fighters Charity andHovertravel have teamed up to organise the first-ever Solent Santa Dash onSunday 12th December.

Participants will beinvited to dress as Father Christmas or simply wear something suitably seasonalas they run or stroll along the seafronts of Southsea and Ryde. This event issuitable for all abilities and takes runners firstly along the Esplanade inSouthsea, then on to the hovercraft for a ten minute flight to Ryde, where thesecond half of the dash is along the beaches of Ryde and Appley.

Neil Chapman, managing director ofHovertravel, adds: “As long-time supporters of the fire services community wewanted to be actively involved in creating a unique Solent-spanning Santa Dashand so we donated a hovercraft to fly the participants to the Isle of Wight forthe second half of their run.  The Fire Fighters Charity is reliant ondonations from the fire and rescue community and the general public to meet thecost of operating its centre and community-based services to support thousandsmembers of the UK’s fire and rescue services and their dependants, as well asthe retired fire services community, each year.”

The Fire Fighters Charity offersspecialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community,empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughouttheir lives.

FionaMcMillan, Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser at The Fire FightersCharity, says: “We’re really excited to welcome supporters from across the areafor this unique and fun-filled Santa Dash. It's noteveryday you see a bunch of Santas riding a hovercraft! We couldn't be moregrateful to Hovertravel for such a generous donation.

 

“Allfunds raised on the day will go such a long way in helping us to ensure wecontinue to be there for the entire of the UK’s fire services community, whenthey need us the most. On behalf of everyone at The Fire Fighters Charity, Iwant to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taking part. We can’t wait tosee your outfits!”

 

The Solent Santa Dash takesplace on Sunday 12th December with the race starting at 10.30am withfull details and tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-solent-santa-dash-with-hovertravel-tickets-205198673757