Rotherham teenager to ditch wheelchair for charity Santa Dash

Jacob Hunter is taking part in Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash on 13 December this year, and this is a bigger challenge than it may seem. Jacob (17) from Bolton on Dearne lives with cerebral palsy and autism
Jacob Hunter is taking part in Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash on 13 December this year, and this is a bigger challenge than it may seem. Jacob (17) from Bolton on Dearne lives with cerebral palsy and autism
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A Rotherham teenager who spends much of his time in a wheelchair is going the extra mile for charity.

Jacob Hunter, aged 17, who has celebral palsy and autism, is to ditch his wheels and walk the one-mile Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash on Sunday, December 13.

Jacob Hunter is taking part in Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash on 13 December this year, and this is a bigger challenge than it may seem. Jacob (17) from Bolton on Dearne lives with cerebral palsy and autism

Jacob Hunter is taking part in Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash on 13 December this year, and this is a bigger challenge than it may seem. Jacob (17) from Bolton on Dearne lives with cerebral palsy and autism

The teenager, who has undergone an operation to straighten his legs and intensive physiotherapy, has also had to cope with his mum getting diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas last year.

Jacob said: “I’m really looking forward to this challenge and helping the patients and their families who are being looked after by Rotherham Hospice.”

The sponsored Santa Dash, now in its sixth year, is a fun event for all the family, where those walking or running the route through Clifton Park dress up as Santa.

Last year over 400 Santas took part, raising over £8,500.

Hospice Events Fundraiser, Claire White, said: “The Santa Dash is great fun. You don’t even need to dash – many people will jog, walk or enjoy a gentle stroll through the park.

“It’s a fantastic spectacle to see all the Santas together.”

Rotherham Hospice costs £5 million a year to run to provide services for people with terminal illnesses and to support their friends and relatives.

The hospice needs to raise £2.2 million of the total every year - £6,000 a day.

To sponsor Jacob visit www.justgiving.com/Jacob-Hunter.

Registration for the event is £7.50 for adults and £5 for children.

Everyone receives a free Santa suit on registration and a medal at the end of the event.

To register visit www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk or call 01709 308917.