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DIY SOS star Mark Millar helped to support the annual Shirehampton Santa Dash this weekend to raise money for the village Christmas lights.

The TV personality kicked off the family-friendly 5km race which saw participants dressed as Santa run a route around Shirehampton.

A children’s Elf Sprint, sponsored by the local Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School, also took place with children up to age five running a shortened course around the field at the Port of Bristol Sports and Social Club (PBA), with the Mama Bear mascot starting the race along with Mark.

Hundreds of participants and spectators turned out to support the festive run, which each year raises money to enhance Shirehampton’s Christmas lights.

Erica Cross, Marketing Manager at Mama Bear’s, said: “We were proud to sponsor this year’s Elf Sprint and to start the race with a local celeb was great fun!

“We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at this well organised event and were so pleased to see such fantastic community spirit with people cheering runners on and offering refreshments.

“It was a really family friendly affair with dogs joining in, parents running around with pushchairs and some even dancing their way around!

“It’s great to get children involved in fundraising days like this, especially when it also promotes healthy exercise. Each child was presented with a special certificate at the end of the race to remember the day.

“With the money raised the Christmas lights in Shirehampton are sure to be a hit this year!”

For more information about Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School please visit


Mike Davies
Author: Mike Davies