On your marks, get set, go ho ho

by Samantha Taylor

72788474Hundreds of Santas will fly into Princes Street Gardens this December as part of a truly magical event called The Great Scottish Santa Run.

The event, which is organised by the children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star, takes place each year and the proceeds go towards making Christmas just that bit more special for sick children.

This year the run will take place in the west gardens and fundraisers will do two laps of the grounds. Santa costumes will be provided on the day.

All money raised will go towards the charity who, each year take 400 sick children to Lapland to visit Santa. Whilst there they can enjoy husky rides, sledging and a trip on a sleigh with Rudolf the Reindeer.

Part of the money from the Edinburgh run will also go to Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids. Evelyn Queen, the charity manager for Cash for Kids, told Edinburgh Napier News what it would go towards: “All funds raised by our charity are for children with special needs.

“We give money to a lot of different places. Schools, nurseries and special groups are just some of the people that request our help.

“All money will definitely go towards helping children in this area.”

Evelyn also gave some advice to this years runners: “Just take it at your own pace and most of all, enjoy yourself and have a good time.”

The fun will kick off on Sunday 13th December when registration opens at 9am.