Leisure & Culture Dundee presented £5000 raised at their Santa Dash to the ARCHIE Foundation Tayside. Hundreds of Santas took part in the event through Dundee City Centre earlier this month to raise money for the official charity of Tayside Children’s Hospital.
The dash involved a 2km lap which could either be done once or twice to complete a 4km distance providing a rare opportunity to run through the city centre in a closed road event.
The ARCHIE Foundation is raising £2 million towards a new children’s twin theatre operating suite which will transform the experience of children who need operations in Tayside. All the money raised for The ARCHIE Foundation by the Dundee Santa Dash will go to the appeal to raise £2 million for the theatre suite project.
Around 3000 children have an operation at Ninewells every year. There is currently only one children’s operating theatre and this means that some children have their operations in adult theatres. The new suite will double the current operating capacity, and will mean that the majority of children can be treated in child-friendly, age-appropriate spaces. The new unit will be bright and spacious and, as well as the twin operating theatres, there will be assessment and recovery spaces, a quiet room for parents, and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Will Dawson, Vice Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said of Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
“After another hugely successful Santa Dash, we are delighted to present £5,000.00 to The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside. We had another great response from the citizens of Dundee again this year and we know that this money will make such a difference to The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside.
We would like to thank everyone who took part this year along with our sponsors Gillies and all of the other companies who either sponsored our goody bags or provided one of our amazing prizes. Special thanks also go to Xplore Dundee and DC Thomson for all of their support throughout the event.”
Sarah Johnston, Regional Fundraising Manager at The ARCHIE Foundation, said:
“The Santa Dash has once again proved a huge success we are delighted with the incredible amount of money raised. It was fantastic to see so many Santas of all ages running through the centre of Dundee and we are already looking ahead to the event in 2019. We are incredibly grateful to every Santa who put on the red suit and had great fun dashing around while raising money for sick children.”
“Thank you also to Leisure and Culture Dundee for their continued support and to all of the other partners who helped make the event such a success.”
“It is fantastic to see how much support there is for The ARCHIE Foundation. All of the money raised will go towards the Tayside Children’s Hospital appeal to create a new age-appropriate environment for children in theatre.”