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DADult Life | October 28, 2021

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What’s the FOC?

GOSH London Santa Dash - Clapham Common

Halloween may not have even passed yet, but three weeks ago I realised M&S had already started selling festive sandwiches – delicious by the way – so, as controversial as the C-word may be, Christmas is coming.

With the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has also started to invoke feelings of seasonal joy, announcing its London Santa Dash fun run, which sees thousands of merry men and women dressed as St Nick assemble for a cardio carnival.

It’s surely only a matter of time until the Coca-Cola truck starts doing the rounds.

Feeling incredibly blessed to have been graced with a baby, I became aware that all parents face challenges and fears, which is why I took part in the RBC Race for the Kids to support Great Ormond Street Hospital, hoping to help do some good for less fortunate families.

I raised almost £500 and I’m grateful to each and every person who contributed. It joined what has become an overall raise of more than £500,000 for the hospital from all participants involved.

GOSH made me aware the upcoming Santa Dash run on the back of completing the Race for the Kids and I’ve signed up to take part in the event, which takes place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at Clapham Common.

I had a thought though – if I was able to raise almost £500 as an individual for the Race for Kids, imagine how much could be generated for GOSH collectively as a team of Father Christmases.

So… I’m calling on you fellow fathers, expectant dads, grandfathers and godfathers to join me as part of a team, The Fatherhood of Christmas (The FOC).

There are 5k and 10k race options available. I’ve committed myself to a 10k to push myself and double what I did previously – the cider on the finish line will get me through, I hope – but each individual who signs up to the team will have the chance to select the distance they’re (un)comfortable with.

Registration is currently £20, which will cover:

  • Santa Dash race fee
  • Santa suit
  • Finisher’s medal
  • A mulled drink and mince pie when you cross the finish line
  • A morning of fun in a Christmassy event village

Laura Savory, head of Community Fundraising at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, said: “We’re counting down to this year’s London Santa Dash. Whether you choose to run like Rudolf or walk in our winter wonderland, this festive fun run is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit for a fantastic cause. We are calling for runners of all abilities to jingle all the way and join the Santa Dash today.”

“All abilities” – that means you have no excuses, in other words.

All money raised by the team will support the GOSH department that designs activities for children, aiding their treatment, recovery and understanding, ensuring time at the hospital has as little stress involved as possible.

To join The Fatherhood of Christmas, or to sponsor us, you can do both right here:

Well, what are you waiting for?!

Please do all you can to spread the word and make this effort as successful as possible. Thank you!


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