IT may be July, but it certainly does not feel anything like summer.
With a wintry feel in the air, when better to launch this year’s Sheffield Santa Jog?
The British Heart Foundation has opened registration for their popular Christmas event five months early.
The charity is expecting hundreds of Santas to sign up for the one-mile fun run in the city centre – and are hoping this year’s event will be the biggest ever.
Primary school pupil Tom Procter, aged 11, joined forces with the BHF and Sheffield Council to launch the annual event.
Tom’s mum Emma Gosling said: “Tom was born with Di George Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause heart defects.
“Although he had open heart surgery when he was just a year old, there is unfortunately no cure available yet for his condition.
“I urge everyone to register early for this popular pre-Christmas event and help Tom and us raise funds to help other children with congenital heart disease.
Emma, from Bawtry, Doncaster, whose son is a pupil at Misson Primary, said: “One in 145 children are born with various types of congenital heart disease and we need to do all we can to help the BHF’s research.”
Last year’s event raised more than £10,000 to fund research, prevention and care.
Coun John Campbell, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said: “Hundreds of people in Santa suits running through the streets is something not to be missed.
“We are proud to support the Santa Jog, which is a key part of the line-up of Christmas activities in the city centre.”
n To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at bhf.org.uk/sheffieldsantajog.