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Bath College is partnering with Dorothy House Hospice Care on an employability project as part of the college’s Academy of Business.

Level 3 students from the international business studies BTEC course will be supporting the hospice with event management activities for their 7th Santa & Elf Run in Winsley on Sunday December 3rd.

The Academy of Business was set up to prepare students for working life by giving them access to industry roles and experts.


A number of local organisations have signed up to offer work placements, company visits, student mentoring and business talks, including Dorothy House.

The hospice has worked with Bath College before, when they hosted a ‘Before I Die…’ Wall for the hospice during Dying Matters Week in May 2017.

Entries are now open for the Santa & Elf Run, starting and finishing in the hospice grounds in Winsley, near Bradford on Avon.

Runners of all ages can choose from a 2.5k or 5k fun run. They will be raising valuable funds to support the work of the hospice, which provides specialist palliative and end of life care for people living with a life-limiting illness.

Lucy Beattie, Employability Advisor at Bath College, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for our students to get involved with a top local charity and help organise an event for a great cause while gaining real life experience in event management.

“The college aims to give students as much exposure to local employers as possible and give them experience to put their learning into practice.”

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Bath College’s Academy of Business and to have the support of their business studies students in organising the Santa & Elf Run this year.

“We’ll be passing on our years of experience in event management during the project and we can’t wait to see all the Santa’s and elves taking to the lanes of Winsley to raise money for the hospice. Why not sign up the whole family!”

This year the race will take place on a new, flatter course. Dogs are welcome if on a short lead, and there will be exciting snow stations to run through in the scenic grounds of the hospice.

Spectators are welcome and mulled wine, hot food and other refreshments will be available to buy, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The fun run starts at 11am on December 3rd with registration from 10am and a warm up session at 10.50am. Entry costs £15 for 12+ years and £7.50 for 5-11 year olds.

All 12 + year old participants will receive a Santa suit at registration and 5-11 year olds will receive elf accessories included in their entry fee, plus free refreshments after the run.

All runners aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Entries will close at 5pm on Thursday 30th November. Adult entrants are encouraged to raise £40 in sponsorship or make a donation of £40 in lieu of sponsorship to help support Dorothy House Hospice Care.

To sign up visit www.santaandelfrun.org.uk.

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