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Santadash in Liverpool

Beth Tweddle will officially start this years Santa Dash in Liverpool as around 8000 santas take part in the biggest festive fun run in the UK. This year it has partnered with ITV's Text Santa which is supporting six UK based charities.

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Thousands turn out for Liverpool Santa dash

Santa dash past the Liver building Credit: Sarah Rogers

Eight and a half thousand Santa’s Dashed to Liverpool today for the UK’s largest festive fun.

They took part in the 5k dash to raise money for ITV’s 'Text Santa' appeal supporting six UK charities- Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-kidz.

Raring to go ho ho! Credit: Sarah Rogers

Olympic bronze medalist Beth Tweddle set the runners off on their dash. The gymnast told us:

"It’s great to be starting the race and see all sorts of people, families and friends, getting into the Christmas spirit. Text Santa is linked with great charities so I’m pleased that I can help raise their profile. They do great work and I want to give them as much help as possible."

Stars come out to support text santa appeal

You can donate to the Text Santa charities using JustTextGiving by Vodafone. Just text SANTA to 70070 (cost £5) and tune into the live show on 21st December. Click here for more details.

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