Santa Run Returns To West Park In Wolverhampton

Beacon Centre for the Blind is holding a 5km charity Santa Run on Sunday 3rd December in West Park, Wolverhampton.

Hundreds of people are expected to be in attendance at the event which is set to start at 10:30 am and is set to finish at around 12:30 pm. The incredibly popular Santa Run has made its return and is an event for the whole family. Each participant over the age of 12 years will be given a Santa suit to wear during the run, whilst younger runners will be given a Santa hat to wear along the way.

The Santas will be running, walking, jogging and skipping their way along a 5km course around Wolverhampton’s West park in order to raise money to help the organising charities support of the blind in the local community.

The main aim of the run will be to raise vital funds for local people living with sight loss and has been organised by Beacon Centre and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).

The Beacon Centre is a charity that provides support and advice to those who have sight loss who are living across the Black Country.As a local charity, Beacon Centre for the Blind is dependent upon the generosity and support of the community through fundraising events such as the Santa Run being held this weekend.

In the Black Country alone, there are over 36 thousand people living with sight loss and this figure is set to double to over 72 thousand by the year 2050.

Event organiser, Gurinder Atwal, explained, “This is a really wonderful, fun event. People of all ages come together dressed in their Santa suits to have fun while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

The Beacon Centre for the Blind is based in Sedgley and provides advice and support to visually impaired people of all ages in Wolverhampton, the Black Country and surrounding areas.

The continued help of Beacon Centre for the Blind has assisted people back into employment and offers advice and guidance on aids and technologies available to help the blind in their homes and at work. As well as this they provide social, sporting and educational activities in their day centres in both Sedgley and Stourbridge.

Atwal continued by saying that, “Last year’s event was a great success and we are hoping to have even more Santas running around West Park this year. It is a flat course so it is also suitable for people with sight loss who want to take part.”

Entry is £10 for adults and children over 12 years of age, £5 for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and under 5’s can enter free of charge. All money raised will go straight to Beacon Centre for the Blind and RNIB which will help them continue to provide care and support for those living with sight loss in the local area.

For more information on what the Beacon Centre for the Blind do and to book a place at this year’s Santa Run, please visit their website at

Megan Rhodes

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