6th Jul, 2020

Father Christmas steps out in Solihull to raise funds for homeless charity

Sarah Mason 17th Dec, 2019

FATHER Christmas swapped his magical sleigh and reindeer for running shoes at the weekend in Solihull’s Jingle Bell Jog.

The events saw 150 runners sporting Santas customary red robes and white bushy beards as they made their way through Solihull town centre.

Runners ranged from 7 months to 70 years and even two dogs joined their owners in the inaugural Santa charity event, which was organised by Solihull BID.

The event, which was sponsored by IM Properties, the owners of Mell Square, raised funds for the homeless charity Change into Action.

Originally set up by West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, the Solihull arm of the charity has been in place for six months and been embraced by visitors and businesses in the town wanting to help restore peoples lives, giving them every opportunity to find accommodation and professional support.

Solihull BID chief executive Melanie Palmer said: “The Jingle Bell Jog was fantastic. To see over 150 people of all ages turn out on an extremely cold Sunday morning to help those less fortunate really does warm the heart.

“It also showed the strength of community in Solihull and talking to those enjoying their complimentary coffee and mince pies in Paramo Lounge afterwards they certainly want to see the event repeated next year, well done to all that took part.“

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