PUPILS from the The Windsor Boys’ School will join supporters of the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice for their sixth annual fundraising Santa Dash event on Sunday in Windsor Town Centre.

Pupils from the boys' school on Maidenhead Road have joined the annual 5k fundraising event since its inception.

Julia Philipson, community fundraiser at Alexander Devine, said: “This group of boys have joined us year on year and now they are getting ready to pass the baton on to their younger peer group. We feel very fortunate to have their support.”

The Alexander Devine Santa Dash takes in Windsor town centre, the castle, Queen Victoria’s statue and Windsor’s great shopping streets. Santa suits or reindeer antlers, a medal and refreshments are included in the entry price and every penny raised goes directly towards supporting local children.

Matthew Tebbit, head boy at The Windsor Boys’ School said: “This is the fourth time I’ve supported the Alexander Devine Santa Dash, it’s great fun and supports such an amazing local charity. Running the Santa Dash has become a bit of a Christmas tradition and it was definitely always going to be part of my charitable giving this year with the Senior Prefect team.”

Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service was founded 11 years ago. Fiona and John Devine from Windsor set up this local charity named after their son Alexander, who sadly died aged eight from a rare brain tumour. During the four years that Alexander was ill they realised the desperate need for a local children’s hospice.

Today Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service funds Alexander’s Nurses, who run a community service in the home providing respite care.

But the dream was always to build a local children’s hospice.

The charity has now realised this dream by building a dedicated purpose built children’s hospice near Maidenhead on donated land. The hospice opened for day care in June this year.

The Santa Dash is sponsored by local family business Horler Estate Agents and Leywood Estates.

Join this great family festive fun run by registering at http://www.alexanderdevine.org/santareg18.html or for more information contact fundraising@alexandervine.org or call Julia Philipson on 01628 822777