Santa fancy dress charity walk in Stamford Park


Alex Williams, who had meningitis as a child, has inspired a fancy dress walk to raise funds for Tameside4Good and the Believe and Achieve Trust.

The 18-year-old devoted his life to raising awareness of the disease and helping others.

Following his death from a stroke in 2012, his parents Alison and Wayne and sister Abbie set up the the Believe and Achieve Trust. Based in Tameside, it aims to support those affected by meningitis and to help people to achieve through sport.

It was one of his favourite fundraisers because everyone was dressed up and in the festive mood.

“It’s not just about raising money, it’s about getting people together in Tameside to do something nice at Christmas.”
The sponsored one-and-a-half mile walk – the first of which was held in 2012 – takes place in Stamford Park, Stalybridge, at 10.30am on Sunday, December 14.

Registration is from 10am and costs £5 for Santas with their own suit and £10 without. Kids can take part for £5 in whatever festive outfit they choose and dogs are welcome too.

Entry includes a hot drink and festive snack at the end of the walk, when participants can also take part in a Christmas sing-a-long.

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Tickets are still available for the Alex in Wonderland black tie ball this Saturday at Manchester’s Palace Hotel in aid of The Believe and Achieve Trust.

Guests, including the charity’s patron Julie Hesmondhalgh, will be treated to a champagne reception, three-course meal and entertainment. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Fundraisers will also be getting on their bikes for a Cycle to Lapland event at Active Copley on Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, on Thursday, December 11, between 11am and 9pm. Call in and help them clock up the miles.

For more information about any of the events or to get involved with the charity visit or follow @BAATameside on Twitter.
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