Brave teenager, Jacob Hunter, ditched his wheelchair to take on a Santa Dash despite suffering from cerebral palsy.
Jacob, from Bolton-on-Dearne, completed his dash just a few days before his 18th birthday, and even managed to cross the finish line in just 39 minutes. Jacob has limited mobility that means he sometimes relies on his wheelchair to get around, but was determined that he would walk the one mile route that was held at Clifton Park in Rotherham on Sunday.
Heidi Hunter, the teenager’s proud mother said during an interview with local press, “I’m very proud of him. It has been such an emotional day in so many ways. Watching Jacob reach his own goal was amazing. I am still speechless at how quickly he did it. Thank you from the bottom of both our hearts. We are just two normal people helping raise money for a good cause.”
The Santa Dash event was organised in aid of the Rotherham Hospice, and has become an annual event. This year it was run on the 13th December, and even though Jacob had originally set himself a target amount of £200 to raise, he has actually far surpassed this figure and managed to raise £415 so far.
Jacob said in an interview with local press, “I enjoyed every minute of the Santa Dash today at Clifton Park. I would just like to say a big thank you to my wonderful mum for putting my name down. I would just like to say a big thank you to all my friends and family for sponsoring me – I really appeciate it. I didn’t think that I would be able to walk one mile round Clifton Park but I did it and I’m very proud of myself. I’m definitely going to do it again next year. I loved every minute of it.”
The annual event organised by Rotherham Hospice sets the scene for hundreds of people dressed up as Santa to complete a one-mile dash around Clifton Park. Everyone taking part is sponsored, and all the money collected goes towards paying for care for the hospice patients and their families. The hospice is only part funded through the NHS, so it has to rely on fundraising events such as the Santa Dash to raise the extra funds needed to keep the hospice running and to continue to provide free care for the patients.
The Santa Dash is open to all ages, and everyone that takes part is awarded with a commemorative medal on completion. Whole families can take part if they wish, and you don’t have to run the mile-long course if you are not up to it, instead you can jog, dash or stroll around at your own pace, and your registration fee even includes a free Santa suit so entrants can dress up just like Santa.
If you would like to donate to Jacobs challenge, see www.justgiving.com/Jacob-Hunter