Santa run will raise awareness and cash

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WORTHING’S first Christmas fun run will take place on December 15.

‘Santas by the Sea’ will aim to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation and has been set up with the help of the Paul and Martin Chaplain, whose brother Matt died aged 38 earlier this year following a sudden cardiac arrest.

The family, including Matt’s wife Debbie and children Holly and Tom, want people to get involved to help fund life-saving research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and the British Heart Foundation has been working for more than 50 years to discover vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease.

Santas by the Sea is suitable for all the family and has a choice of distances to suit any runner.

People can jog either a one or three mile route along Worthing Seafront dressed as Santa, all chasing a Christmas pudding.

Mrs Chaplain, of Terringes Avenue, said: “The event provides the perfect way to kick-start the festivities. Whether you are a regular runner or a Sunday stroller this event is open to everyone.”

Matt’s brother Paul Chaplain, 41, of Shandon Road, Worthing, said: “We will never forgot Matt and nothing could ever explain why he had to leave us so early, but getting more involved with British Heart Foundation fundraising has helped to give us some sense of purpose.

“Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer. On average every 10 minutes, somewhere in the UK, someone dies from heart disease so we are keen to raise awareness of this shocking statistic, but equally keen to raise awareness of the foundation and the fantastic work that they do.

“Their vision is a world where people do not die prematurely from heart disease and there could be no greater legacy for Matt than to help them get closer to this.

“We ae really pleased to be involved with the first ever Santas by the Sea fun run and proud to be able to help raise the profile of the British Heart Foundation in Worthing.”

Under 12s go free and there is a prize for all the children who come in fancy dress.

Registration is now open at www.bhf.org.uk/santasbythesea.

Entry is £10 which includes a free Santa suit.