MORE than 1,700 Dashing Santas took to Chester city centre on Sunday (December 2), raising money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and The Countess of Chester Hospital.

Sponsorship is still being received and the total amount raised will be announced in the new year on both charities’ social media.

Justin Caroe, community fundraiser, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turnout for the event this year with people of all ages coming together to raise money for two great charities.”

Caroline Siddall, director of Income Generation, said: “We would like to thank all of our volunteers and staff for keeping everyone safe during the event.

"We would also like to thank Gap Cheshire Oaks, Refresco, Virgin Money, Dee 106.3, all those who took part and those who have sponsored them.”

The event, which has become a regular fixture in the Chester city centre festive calendar, is in its eighth successful year of taking people around the city’s iconic landmarks including Grosvenor Park, Amphitheatre, Eastgate Clock, Chester Cathedral and Chester Town Hall.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd has helped thousands of residents with life limiting-illnesses and relies on donations and fundraising to continue to help even more people in the community.

The Countess Charity generates and manages charitable income to enhance and improve patient facilities at the Countess of Chester Hospital. They work with the local community, corporates and grant making trusts to raise money for over 80 funds across the hospital - each one making a real

difference to patient care.