A Christmas-crazy teenager has found the perfect excuse to don his Santa suit early by saddling up for the fifth annual Hospice of St Francis Santa Dash – on a tandem!
Student Daniel Kidd, 18, and his carer Neil Buchanan, 53, will be pedalling for pennies in the charity sprint around the streets of Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, December 9.
“Dan loves Christmas and everything about it,” said father-of-three Neil, a maintenance man and Daniel’s two-day a week carer from Adeyfield. “He talks about it non-stop and has his own Santa suit which it’s hard to get him out of.
“I’ll be at the front pedalling and he’ll be at the back, waving and ho-ho-ho-ing to the crowds.”
Dan, who has Downs Syndrome, will also be carrying a special Santa sack into which people can put the names of loved ones they’ve lost.
His condition affects his speech and he also has one leg shorter than the other, which means walking or running the 2.5-mile route is not an option. Instead the pair have dusted down the tandem – a present from Dan’s parents Sandra and Stuart.
Sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/daniel-kidd1 or text DanK94 to 70070, and enter a pound sign followed by the amount in figures you want to give.
You can also sign up for the run yourself. Visit www.stfrancis.org.uk to register or call 01442 869555.
Registration costs £15 for adults, £5 for children, or £35 for the whole family.