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Santathon...it's all for a good clause

Dressing up has been a long standing tradition in the Squire family and they are putting the finishing touches to their costumes for the festive 5k Santathon this Sunday.  
L-R  Lauren Squire, Georgina Quarmby, Isabel Squire- Yates, Carole Squire, Ben Yates (cropped)

This is the fourth year Carole Squire is taking part in Saint Francis Hospice Hospice's annual fun run, which starts with a warm up at the Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club ground in Victoria Road, before runners spread the Christmas cheer around the streets of Dagenham.     

It's an experience not to be missed and for Carole it's the perfect opportunity to get together with her sister Georgina Quarmby, along with her daughter Lauren Squire and her partner Ben Yates and their daughter Isabel Squire-Yates while supporting a charity close to their hearts.     

"My family would always hold fancy dress parties over the Christmas period when we were growing up and I know that both my mum and dad would love the fact that we are continuing with that tradition," said Carole from Romford, who took part in the charity's 10k Star Walk in July. 

"We get some lovely comments as we walk the route so it spurs us on to think up next year's costumes and contribute to the entertainment of this event.  "The atmosphere is fantastic, especially when passing motorists sound their horns in supL-R  Lauren Squire, Georgina Quarmby, Isabel Squire- Yates, Carole Squire, Ben Yatesport. 

"It is also great publicity for the hospice and helps the fundraising, which as we all appreciate, is always much needed."  In February 2012 Carole's mum Violet Squire, 89, was cared for at the hospice before she died and since then the family have been raising funds and awareness of its services.  

"We look forward to taking part each year since my mum passed away in the hospice as it's lovely to walk around Dagenham where she grew up - "in memory of her," said Carole.  

Photo L - R Lauren Squire, Georgina Quarmby, I

sabel Squire - Yates, Carole Squire and Ben Yates

"We are proud to support such a fantastic place and the team of people who gave my mum unbelievable care and supported us throughout that very sad time." 

There's no need to worry about what to wear as a Santa suit is included in the £12 entry fee and just £8 for under 16s.  

Check in starts at 9.30am and is followed by a warm up before runners set off at 11am.   Book your place via sfh.org.uk or by calling the hospice's events team on 01708 771 427.

And if you don't get a chance to book, runners can also turn up on the day!