Football fans fundraise with Santa Dash at Amex

Albion In The Community Santa Dash 2016 (Photograph: Paul Hazelwood)
Albion In The Community Santa Dash 2016 (Photograph: Paul Hazelwood)

Brighton and Hove Albion fans showed their festive spirit by taking part in a Santa dash around the American Express Community Stadium.

Around 150 people donned Santa suits or seagull masks for the event, which was raising money for Albion in the Community (AITC), the club’s official charity.

Supporters young and old completed the 2k route, which included a lap of the Albion’s home stadium, and the AITC’s Seagulls Santa Dash raised £1,200.

That money will now help fund the charity’s award-winning disability football programme and other work throughout Sussex.

Emma Brockhurst, AITC’s fundraising events executive, said: “The event went brilliantly and to have almost 150 people come along and take part was fantastic.

“Events like this help pay for our disability football sessions and mean we can give more and more people who have a disability the opportunity to play the sport they love.

“Thank you to everyone who came along. Your support makes a genuine difference and really is appreciated.”

AITC is now the largest provider of disability football in the area and runs 35 regular sessions across Sussex.

For more information on the charity, its disability football and its future fundraising events, visit: www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk