Next month’s Loughborough Santa Fun Run is aiming for a bumper turnout in the annual event which is in its 12th year.

The event, which attracts people from across Nottinghamshire and Leicstershire, and involves dressing up as Santa will take place on December 4.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Loughborough.

Linda Thompson, event chairman said: “We had 1,430 participants last year and are targeting 2,016 this year. Any increase on last year would be a success though.”

The event team has put in a lot of work to organise the event.

Peter Griffin is in charge of entries and said: “I have been dealing with promoting the event to local charities, schools and businesses encouraging them to enter teams.

“I have distributed flyers around Loughborough and to fans prior to one Leicester City home match at the King Power stadium,” he added.

Last year’s event raised £48,000 for charity and was distributed between 35 charities.

The main charities that will benefit this year will be Rainbows, LOROS, Prostaid, Wish Upon a Star, and the Foxes Foundation, but many others will also be supported through the event.

Gary Farnfield, Community Fundraiser for Rainbows in Leicestershire, said: “The Loughborough Santa Run is a hugely popular event and we would love it if people taking part were to support Rainbows.

“By collecting sponsorship you are helping to raise vital funds for the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people as well as doing something really fun”, he added.

For more information about the event, you can visit http://santa-fun-run.co.uk/.