HUNDREDS of Santas will ditch their sleighs for sports shoes in Huddersfield.

And they will be doing so to raise money for two Huddersfield charities.

The Laura Crane Trust is joining forces with Kirkwood Hospice for the first time to hold a one-mile ‘Santa Run’ at the Leeds Road sports complex.

They are appealing for people to dress up as Father Christmas and take part in the event on Sunday, December 6.

Kirkwood Hospice community fundraiser Kate Leadbeater said: “We just need as many people as we can to take part and help us raise some desperately needed funds for both the charities over the festive period.”

Sarah Hancock, from The Laura Crane Trust, added: “The hospice is very close to our hearts as a charity and we are thrilled that we are going to be working together.”

The Trust was set up to raise vital money for teenage cancer patients, following the tragic death of the Huddersfield student Laura. Kirkwood Hospice, at Dalton, cares for terminally-ill patients and requires more than £3m in fundraising contributions each year to carry on its work.

Last year the Santa Run event was held for the first time and proved a spectacular success.

Hundreds of people donned Santa costumes to race around the Leeds Road track and they raised more than £8,000 for the trust alone.

The Santa run costs £10 for adults, including the suit.

There is also a ‘Reindeer Run’ for under-10s, costing £5 to enter, including ears and a flashing nose. Children who register before November 6 will be entered into a draw to ride with Santa and his real life reindeers in a parade at Armitage’s Garden Centre in Birchencliffe.

To register visit the website or call Sarah Hancock on 510015 or Kate Leadbeater on 557911.