MARY Stevens Hospice has rescheduled its Santa Jog for this coming weekend after heavy snow on Sunday meant the popular charity fun run had to be cancelled.

Around 700 charity fun runners have signed up to take part in this year’s event - which will now go ahead in Mary Stevens Park, Norton, on the morning of Sunday December 17.

Hospice spokesman Dan Malin said: "Due to the weather warning and the subsequent snowfall we were forced to postpone the event on safety grounds.

“However we have just had it confirmed by the council and our first aiders that we can do it this coming Sunday.”

He added: "If any supporters aren’t able to make it this weekend, we are also offering them the chance to get their suits on and do the event as a virtual version or just generally do their day-to-day tasks dressed as Santa, and then come and pick up their finisher’s medal and goody bag once the weather has calmed down.”

The event is a huge fundraiser for the Oldswinford based hospice, which is currently trying to raise £3million to completely rebuild its Day Services Unit in addition to funding annual running costs of almost £3million.