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Santas running for kids this Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit and make a difference to children across Greater Manchester.

Santas running for kids this Christmas

For the seventh annual Santa Run the Foundation is teaming up with radio station Key 103 to bring give local children a Christmas to remember.

Key 103’s Cash for Kids scheme is on a mission to ensure that all children wake up to gifts on Christmas Day.  One in three children are living in poverty across Manchester and many of these children will not be expecting a visit from Santa this year, so the Foundation would like to help.

Mike and Chelsea from the breakfast show have set a huge goal to collect £1 million worth of toys this year so we are asking all of you coming to the Santa Run on Sunday 15th December to buy an extra gift and drop it off in the International Suite where the Cash for Kids team will be.

If you haven’t already registered for the Santa Run, there is still time!

The day will begin with the 5K Serious Santa Run at 11.30am on the Old Trafford forecourt on Sir Matt Busby Way.  Runners will make their way down the newly-named Sir Alex Ferguson Way before taking in the sights of the Imperial War Museum, The Lowry and MediaCity.

The 2K Family Fun Runners will set off at 12.30pm and join-up with the other runners after taking a shorter route that leads down United Road  this of course will take all the Santas home to Old Trafford where they will make a player’s entrance into the stadium by running down the tunnel into the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. 

Other Christmas activities taking place around the stadium will include a brass band playing all your favourite festive tunes, you can visit Santa in his grotto to receive an early Christmas gift and there will be a fancy dress competition.

The Santa Run is a charity event and participants are invited to raise money for the Foundation and our charity partners, Francis House Children’s Hospice, The Christie and UNICEF, or any other charity of your choice.

Entry costs are £10 for a single entry, £5 for children or £20 for families.  Entries include a Santa hat for children or a full suit for adults, plus all runners will receive a medal.

Book tickets here.

For more information on Key 103 Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas and how you can get more involved go to