DESPITE the current lockdown, there are a range of Christmas-themed ways people can raise money for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford.

For the 10th year running, the Chester Santa Dash will be taking place – although with the current pandemic, this year's event will be different.

Walkers, runners, Dashers and Dancers are sought to help raise much-needed funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and The Countess charity.

Justin Caroe, community and events manager, said: “We’re delighted to be holding the 10th Anniversary of the Chester Santa Dash this year. This is a fantastic family event where you can get your whole household involved in raising vital income for two great charities.

"In light of the pandemic, we are having to do things differently this year but we hope you will still be able to support us. With most of our fundraising activities cancelled, every penny counts.

"Over the past nine years this event has raised well over £250,000, with over £40,000 generated last year.”

For a registration fee of £20, you will receive your Santa Suit, bespoke medal and free postage and packaging to get you on your way.

For details and to register, visit

This year the Dash will be Do It Yourself, so you can join the festive fun throughout the whole month of December and wherever you can take part safely - run laps around your home, the local park or through the historic streets of Chester.

Adult and child-sized Santa suits are available, so families are invited to take part, and encouraged to take photos and tag them on social media with #chestersantadash2020.

Elsewhere, people can remember a loved one this Christmas and dedicate a light on the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s Christmas tree to shine brightly in their grounds.

The hospice’s Light Up A Life service will be held online this year, in accordance with Covid restrictions, and people can watch the pre-recorded service on Sunday, December 13.

The person you choose to remember does not have to have been cared for at the hospice, and you can choose to dedicate a light on the main Christmas tree, an individual 6ft cut Christmas tree or a light on the hospice's online virtual tree.

Caroline Siddall, director of income generation, said: “Light Up a Life is a lovely way for people to remember either someone they have loved and lost or someone who may be far away.

“As you can’t be with us this year, we are also offering you the chance to purchase a small box to have at home as you watch our service. This includes a candle, an exclusive Light Up A Life Christmas tree decoration, service sheet, a poem, tea bag and biscuits.”

The ‘Light Up A Life in a box’ can be purchased for just £5 with all proceeds going to the Hospice.

Finally, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd has also launched its 2020 range of Christmas cards and merchandise with all proceeds going towards supporting direct care for local people with a life-limiting illness this Christmas.

By purchasing your Christmas cards directly through the hospice, all profits go directly to supporting the vital work and services they provide to local residents and patients in your community.

There are many beautiful designs to choose including some exclusive Chester-themed ones such as Chester Town Hall, Eastgate Clock and Chester Santa Dash. Visit for details.