Accuro's third annual Festive Family Fun Run raised £3,150 to support people with disabilities in West Essex.

The event was held in Saffron Walden on Saturday, December 3, and this year took place on The Common for the first time, with the Christmas Market taking place in Market Square.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Cllr James de Vries (centre) took part in the Festive Family Fun RunCllr James de Vries (centre) took part in the Festive Family Fun Run (Image: Accuro)

When the whistle blew at 10am 50 Santas and elves put their best foot forward and ran laps of the marshalled route for half an hour.

Although the route was longer than at last year's event, the majority of participants were undeterred - keeping going for the full time and receiving medals as a reward at the finish line.

Among the participants were Cllr James de Vries and some of Accuro's Uttlesford members, who were praised for their "fantastic" effort.

Chair of Uttlesford District Council Cllr Geof Driscoll also got in the spirit of the occasion, donning a Santa suit along with his mayoral chains to hand out medals to the finishers.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Cllr Geof Driscoll and Accuro fundraising manager Sue FishpoolCllr Geof Driscoll and Accuro fundraising manager Sue Fishpool (Image: Accuro)

After the event, some of the participants headed to Saffron Community Link to receive their certificate and warm up with a hot drink, with festive activities available for children.

Accuro's fundraising manager Sue Fishpool said: "It was wonderful and truly heart-warming to see the local community, including some of our members, coming together for this event — there was a real sense of festive cheer and hope in the air, and it is always a great way to round off our event calendar.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Participants dressed up to take part on the dayParticipants dressed up to take part on the day (Image: Accuro)

"A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this and any of our other festive fundraising events this year — you have raised an amazing £3,150, which will help enormously to support people with a disability and their families, in West Essex."


Accuro thanked everyone who took part on the day, from the runners to the volunteers.

They also thanked Cllr Geof Driscoll and Cllr James De Vries for their "unwavering support" of the event, as well as Saffron Building Society and Saffron Town Council.

Accuro (Care Services) provides fun, save and inclusive activities for children, young people and adults with disabilities in West Essex.