On your marks, get set, ho ho ho!

It's the time for every budding Santa to have a ball.

St Michael’s Hospice is inviting wannabe Santas to put on a red coat and help fund end-of-life care in Herefordshire.

All runners will be given a Santa suit, so they can look the part on the festive 5k fun run. The event is part of the St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Festival, which takes place on Saturday 12th December at The Bishop of Hereford’s, Bluecoat School in Hampton Dene, Hereford.

Runners as young as 11 can take part, and for Santas little and younger helpers, there is also a chance to bring a glow to the streets of Hampton Dene, on a 3K Lantern Walk.

Matt Ashcroft, Events Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, said, ‘Last year’s event was enjoyed by over 400 runners and walkers. We are really looking forward to everyone getting involved and enjoying an event that has a very special atmosphere.’

As well as snow canons guaranteeing that all festival goers have a white Christmas, there will be stalls selling gifts, decorations, Christmas cakes, hot chocolate, mince pies and more.

Matt added, ‘It’s going to be the perfect opportunity for supporters to finish their Christmas shopping and stock up on festive treats. We will also have a very special Santa, who will be meeting and greeting children. It’s all part of the Christmas Festival fun.’

For more information call Matt Ashcroft at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000 or visit the St Michael’s Hospice website.

Photo: Hospice staff prepare for the 2015 Santa Run.