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Dagenham's streets fill with 150 Santa Claus runners

PUBLISHED: 17:46 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 11 August 2010

Still smiling after a couple of miles

Still smiling after a couple of miles

SUNDAY was the day the borough wore a heart on its sleeve, or in this case a red coat and white beard, as the streets of Dagenham filled with more than 150 Santas. This worthy collection were running for Leukaemia Care, a charity that provides care and su

SUNDAY was the day the borough wore a heart on its sleeve, or in this case a red coat and white beard, as the streets of Dagenham filled with more than 150 Santas.

This worthy collection were running for Leukaemia Care, a charity that provides care and support for those suffering from leukaemia.

Organised by Paul Gwinn, Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club threw open their Victoria Road ground to the fun runners, who set off at a pace for a five kilometre trot round the surrounding streets and return to the ground.

"It was a wonderful turnout" said Paul. "We managed to double the number of runners this year who have made a considerable contribution to help this worthy charity."

Leukaemia Care secretary, Romford's Anne Ashley said: "It is very heart-warming that so many people turn out to help us. We need funds to continue our service to leukaemia sufferers and their families, and I can't thank everyone enough."

The run was started by Marathon man Lloyd Scott, famous for his heroic fundraising for cancer charities. He said: "It is brilliant to see so many people out, just giving."

Each runner had his or her own story, but four Dagenham families; Smith, Scamell, Sherlock and Rogerman, were running to remember a brother who lost the fight, and a relation presently under treatment.

The Post will be publishing a full list of all the runners in next Wednesday's paper.

And don't forget to click on the link on this website to see all our photos from the day.


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