Local West Sussex South Branch of Motor Neurone Disease hold their annual Santas on the Seafront 5K Dash

Santa costumes were certainly a good option at the annual ‘Santas on the Seafront’ 5K dash this year as it helped the 60+ runners keep warm! The sun was shining and it was lovely crisp day and all those who took part (running or walking) said what fun it had been. Several dogs accompanied their owners and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to run along the seafront too.

Scores of Santas came down to Worthing seafront on Saturday for our annual ‘Santas on the Seafront’ event, to remember a local popular businessman.

There were people of all ages who’d come far and wide and some even with dogs. Everyone was dressed up in Christmas outfits for a fun run to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) which took the life of the Organiser’s husband, 54-year-old Stuart Acaster, in 2020.

Our winners in the men’s category were:

  1. Mark Mellish
  2. Steve Collett
  3. Mark Simmonds

Our winners in the women’s category were:

  1. Annette Maynard
  2. Abigail Whiteley
  3. Emily Wadge & Theo the dog!

Our Best Dressed Santa/Elf was Dr Peter West

Well done to everyone who took part. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Following the run, Sue Acaster said “We would like to thank everyone who supported the event and made a donation. It was a fantastic success. We had 43 advance registrations and lots more who joined the run for fun. Next year we’ll do a headcount! We have raised over £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association West Sussex South Branch, with donations still coming in”.

We would like to thank Judith, Barbara, Claire and Frances from our committee who came down to help when it was very cold. Alastair for help updating the JustGiving page and Dean for sorting out the graphics for the banners and posters.

Also, big thanks go to Run Academy Worthing, who have kept Sue sane over the last 2 years!

There is NO finish line until there is a cure for this awful disease.

Save the date – Saturday 9th of December 2023! Enquiries to: [email protected]

Motor Neurone Disease affects 1 in 300 people. The volunteers at West Sussex Branch raise much needed funds to help people living with MND in the Community. We have a group of Association Visitors who support families in many ways; often this is by guiding them to the right place to get help, and they can be the first people to talk with when a diagnosis has been received. The branch helps to provide equipment, support for carers, and arrange therapies such as massage and transport to hospital appointments when someone can no longer drive.

If you would like to know more about our branch, please visit our website at www.mndawestsussexsouth.co.ukor contact us for further information. If you would like to volunteer or hold a fundraising event, we would love to support that and can offer MND T-shirts, collecting buckets, information leaflets, banners and the volunteers themselves!!

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us in 2022 and wish all our families and their carers, volunteers, fundraisers, and supporters a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2023.

As appeared in: Sussex World