Mayor’s Events Raise £2500 for Charities

The Santa Fun and a Drag karaoke night brings in nearly £2500 for Mayor’s charities.

The Santa Fun Run which took place on 12 December raised £920 with 200 competitors running the new 1km and 4km course which started at Leander Club.

The Drag karaoke night raised £1439 and the total from both events will go to the Mayoral charities – Regatta for Disabled, Royal British Legion and Henley Plastic Reduction.

Mayor, Councillor Sarah Miller revived the Santa Fun Run, which did not take place in 2020 due to Covid. The new routes were the brainchild of Councillor Laurence Plant, who secured permission from Henley Royal Regatta and Leander Club. The Santa hats were generously sponsored by Rupert House School. Henley Lions and Tesco provided mince pies and the Mayor provided hot chocolate for runners at the finishing line.

Sarah said: “The Santa Fun Run was such a fabulous day. Even though we had a record number of runners, I was astonished to hear that we raised just under £1000. Of course, if anyone would like to top it up, I would be very grateful! The new route worked brilliantly, runners welcomed having a choice between the 1k and 4k loops. I’m sure that the Santa Fun Run will be back in 2022 – Watch this space!

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and energy to the Santa Fun Run, from Rupert House School who sponsored the Hats, Henley Royal Regatta, Leander Club, and my fellow councillors, Kellie Hinton, Donna Crook, Ken Arlett, Stefan Gawrysiak and Laurence Plant, not forgetting Cllr Plant’s father Stephen and of course, Henley Lions, Henley Rotary Club and Tesco.  Also a special thank you to Amanda McGregor who very kindly offered to make all the cups of hot chocolate for the runners.

“We have raised a total of £2359 from the 2 events. What a wonderful result! It demonstrates the generosity of spirit here in Henley, “