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Mountbatten’s annual Santa Dash has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest lockdown and ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 has made it impossible for the charity to organise the event safely.

Mountbatten has launched other festive fundraising initiatives to help plug the gap left by the loss of income.

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Nigel Hartley, CEO of Mountbatten, says:

“Last year Santa Dash raised over £5,000 for Mountbatten, so to lose this important event is another setback in a year that has already been so challenging.

“That said, we have to keep finding ways to raise money because the need for our services is greater than ever and will continue to grow.

“We are trying, as much as we possibly can, to reach more people on the Island, and especially at this time of year, particularly those who live alone or in isolation.

“Please do keep supporting us in any way possible because every penny really helps us to make a difference.”

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Other ways of supporting Mountbatten include ordering Christmas cards from its online shop, buying a voucher or extra virtual gift or by giving a donation to receive a personalised Christmas message from Father Christmas.

Shoppers using platforms such as Amazon Smile and Give as you Live can also nominate Mountbatten as their chosen charity to receive a donation when they buy goods.

For more information on festive fundraising for Mountbatten, visit

Santa Dash will return in December 2021.

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Real Islander

Police have been ordered to stop issuing £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notices because, basically, the Courts would recognise they were unaffordable and unjust and would not enforce them. Fines may continue, but we wait to see Hancock’s new Christmas wrapping. So we should all carry on and ignore these fools in charge…it reminds me of dads army.

Mr justice

The sheep people dont realise this lockdown in some shape or form ,wont stop till 2025! By then the normal life we once knew will be gone and forgotten. 2021 will be a continuous of 2020. Happy new year and welcome to covid 21. Just my opinion:)

Ally Stair

A wonderful charity, please give all you can, as they are for all of us, and it is local. Such lovely people.

Lady Dunstanding

I applaud your admiration, sir. The Earl Mountbatten Hospice nurses are fine people–some of the best. The organisation itself is rotten and profit making. Quelle surprise! ‘Every penny counts…’ the article reads. Tell that to small time jumble sales who have been threatened with legal action if they raise a few bob in the (hijacked for trendy reasons) name of Mountbatten. I would love Prince Philip to legally ask for a cease and desist order on use of his name because they are a profit based business, not a bona-fide charity. Present director left St. Mary’s hospital, where he earned… Read more »

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