NEARLY 100 students, clients and staff from Oswestry's Derwen College donned their festive best to join a Santa Dash to launch the college's festive fundraiser.

Participants from the specialist FE college dressed in a range of festive outfits including Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, ran and walked a total of 261 laps around the college for a grand total of more than 200 miles.

It was a fantastic start to the virtual Derwen College to Lapland Challenge, where participants are aiming to walk, run, cycle, wheelchair or swim a total of 1,989 miles in 10 days to raise funds for Derwen College Charity.

Staff and students took turns to run in their separate curriculum-based bubbles to ensure that the event was safe for everyone involved.

The college was also delighted that 23 people from Oswestry firm Aico also signed up to support the event.

Fundraiser Anna Evans said it was a brilliant start to the fundraiser.

"We couldn't have asked for a better way to kick-start this festive charity challenge," said Anna. "Staff, students and clients all got involved, walking or running around campus, many dressed in their Christmas jumpers and hats.

"What a brilliant start to day one.

"There is still time for people to join us to help cover 1,989 miles in 10 days. The more the merrier!

"We're really grateful to all the students and families who have already signed up, and to the Aico team for such overwhelming support."

Registration for the DC to Lapland challenge is free, and every participant receives a medal, designed and printed at Derwen College.

All donations from this event will go towards the Agnes Hunt Village project to refurbish and renovate the Agnes Hunt Village bungalows which are used by students to learn and develop their independent living skills.

To sign up contact Anna Evans on or telephone 01691 661234 (ext 395).

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