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santadashrydeThe annual Earl Mountbatten Hospice Santa Dash returned to Ryde yesterday (Sunday), with hundreds of people taking the opportunity to run 5km in fancy dress.

Santas of all shapes and sizes took part in the charity run, which started from Ryde Superbowl at just gone 11:00.

The dash proceeded along the Esplanade, North Walk and along the sea wall to Puckpool before returning back to the bowling alley, with crowds of spectators cheering on participants.

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santadashryde2Pink and purple balloons could be seen for as far as the eye could see in memory of Sophie Rolf, who sadly died last Monday. A donation was taken for each balloon to carry on the fundraising efforts of KissyPuppy.

Sophi, alongside her loving family, raised thousands of pounds for palliative care for children alongside the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Sophie had an inoperable brain tumour.

Sophie’s funeral is to be held at St Saviours Catholic Church, Summers Lane, Totland today at 14:00 – all welcome.


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