Santa Dash

The Santa Dash returns for its 10th anniversary!

Date: Sunday 12th December 2021
Time: Arrive at Spike island at 9am, the Dash Begins at 10am
Venue: Spike Island, Upper Mersey Rd, Widnes WA8 0DG
Event sponsors: Quay Pharma

Our Santa Dash is back! This year marks its 10th anniversary and to mark it in style we will be dashing across the newly refurbished “silver jubilee bridge”. This is your chance to dust of those boots, grab your red suit, dress up, have fun and raise some money for your much-loved Hospice.

This year it’s all about bringing back the fun, this year’s Santa dash will start from Spike Island at 10:00am and finish above the Brindley looking out across Halton in all its splendour.

What your support means to us

You will receive sponsor forms and the opportunity to create an online fundraising page, allowing you to raise plenty of sponsorship for patient care here at the Hospice.

Your sponsorship from the Santa Dash helps to fund patient care at the Haven. It costs over £2.6 million to run the Hospice every year and we receive under half of that in government funding. We rely entirely on the local community to help us raise more than £1.3 million to ensure the Hospice stays open. Your support in raising sponsorship from the Santa Dash is hugely appreciated by all of us at Halton Haven.


The simplest way is to book online on our Eventbrite page or you can collect a registration form from the hospice reception or our Halton Haven shop on Queens Avenue in Widnes.

  • £15 Adults
  • £10 Up to 16
  • Free Under 5’s
  • £2 Per dog
  • £40 Family of 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog

Your registration fee covers the cost of the Santa Dash, Santa Suit and medal for taking part. Sponsorship forms can be arranged for collection or e-mailed for printing, or you can set up your own Just Giving page. The monies you raise will go directly to allowing us to continue providing peace, specialist care and support to our patients and their loved ones.

Why not challenge your family, friends and work colleagues to join in?

Thank you

We would like to say a big thank you to Halton Borough Council for their continued support of the Santa Dash. Without their assistance, the event would not be able to go ahead. We are very grateful!

Thank you also to Quay Pharma who have kindly continued their sponsorship of the Santa Dash for a second year.

Quay Pharma is an independent, privately owned company with the scientific expertise to respond flexibly to each new challenge and give every project the best possible chance of a successful clinical trial.


What do you have in place to keep us safe from Covid-19

We will be following the government advice at the time of the event. We will monitor this closely in conjunction with the Council and put any measures in place that are needed to keep our participants, volunteers and staff safe. We will, regardless of restrictions, have sanitising stations available for all our participants.

What happens if the event is postponed due to Covid-19

If we are in a position where we have to postpone the event due to Covid-19 we will re arrange for a new date in 2022 and we will honour your place for this. However, if you were unable to attend on a new date a refund would not be available to you.

If I have already registered what do I need to do on the day?

If you are registered you will still need to sign in on the morning of the event so we know who is taking part for safety reasons. There will be a sign in and new registrations area.

All Santa’s will get a wristband as proof of sign in/registration on the morning of the event. The wristband can also be shown at Ten Lock Flight after the event to receive a 20% discount off food.

What happens once I’ve registered?

Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation proving you’ve purchased a space(s) for the Halton Haven Hospice Santa Dash 2021. This will then be followed by an email that will include event information and a sponsor form to print. If require anything via post, please let us know.  

How and where do I get my Santa Suit from?

Suits will be available to collect on the day of the event.

You can also collect your Santa suits prior from Halton Haven Hospice Reception Mon-Friday 9am-4pm. (Please note collection times are subject to change or cancellation due to visiting restrictions at the Hospice).

Santa suits can also be collected from Hankin’s Old Fashioned Sweets in Widnes Market.

You will need to bring along your confirmation for each person you are collecting a suit for.

Why do I need to raise sponsorship and where does my money go?

Your registration fee is absorbed by the costs of running such a special event. These vary from buying the Santa suits to closing the roads. Every pound of sponsorship goes towards supporting your local hospice to continue to provide specialist care and support to those living with terminal illness and their families in the local community.

How do I raise money for Halton Haven?

The simplest way of raising funds is via Just Giving. Go to www.justgiving.com and follow the instructions choosing Halton Haven Hospice to start fundraising straight away.

You will also receive a sponsorship form with your welcome email should you wish to fundraise this way. If you would like any advice on how to raise as much as you can for Halton Haven please contact us at fundraising@haltonhaven.co.uk

Can I enter with a team?

Of course! If you are entering as a team, please call 01928 712728 to let us know. If you are raising sponsorship as a team, try setting up a Just Giving page – just make it clear you are taking part in the Dash.

Can I bring my children?

The Santa Dash is a family event, we LOVE to see all the family take part! We have a limited range of child size Santa suits available so please enquire as soon as possible after registering to get hold of the right size. All children under 5 can enter the Dash free of charge but do need to be registered so we know for numbers on the day.

No suit is included for under 5’s but we do encourage fancy dress!

What time do I need to arrive for the Dash?

Please try to arrive in plenty of time for the 10am start at Spike Island. The sign in/new registration area will be open from 9am. We would advise at least 30 minutes prior to make sure you are all ready to go.

You may like to grab yourself a cuppa from the Café before also.

Will there be parking available for me on the day?

We have no designated parking for participants on the day.

Anthony’s Travel have kindly offered to transport participants from the finish area back to the start.

Will there be refreshments available?

There will refreshments available to purchase at West Bank Boat Club Zenas Café, the starting area and there will also be water available for all participants at the end of the Dash. Costa Coffee will be open by the finish line.

Ten Lock Flight near the finish area have kindly offered all participants with a wristband 20% discount off food. They will be open from 12 midday for a post Dash drink & lunch. It is advisable to pre-book a table if you are planning to have a meal.

Is there anywhere where I am able to get changed?

No, unfortunately there are no changing facilities at the start of the event. Please make sure you are suitably dressed for the dash and please make sure you take the weather into account when getting ready on the morning.

What should I do if I have a query on the day of the event?

Please come and find our information point and ask one of our Santa Dash Team, hopefully they will be able to help. Please note, any child lost on the day will be taken to this point and will be looked after by our team.

There will be a lost child point at both start & finish areas.

Can my family and friends come and watch?

Absolutely, the more the merrier around the finish to cheer our Santa’s through!!


For more information, please contact us on 01928 712 728 or fundraising@haltonhaven.co.uk.