Merseyside firefighters give Alder Hey patient day to remember ahead of Liverpool Santa Dash

A team of 100 from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will be swapping fire kit for festive attire to take part in next weekend’s milestone 20th staging of the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash.

This is the 16th year the organisation has been part of the Liverpool Santa Dash, since first supporting the event back in 2007. This is the largest group they have had taking part.

Five-year-old Alder Hey patient Lincoln, from St Helens, will be guest of honour at the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash on Sunday, 3 December 2023. Ahead of his duties, Santa Dash organiser BTR Liverpool arranged for Lincoln to visit St Helens Community Fire Station to meet the crew.

More than 5,000 Santas have now signed up. Entries are open until Saturday, 2 December – blue places have sold out. Places are now limited for the 1K Mini Dash for youngsters aged 12 and under.

Alder Hey patient Lincoln has undergone open-heart surgeries at the world-class children’s hospital in Liverpool. His infectious enthusiasm and positivity has made him shine – and he has been chosen to represent the charity at this year’s Liverpool Santa Dash.

Lincoln will be guest of honour on the day with his family Mum Tanya, Dad Mathew, and brothers Deacon, Mac, and Jaxon. He will be taking part in the 1K Mini Dash – supported by Ader Hey mascot Oli the elephant who will be taking part in the main dash.

The crew from St Helens Community Fire Station welcomed Lincoln, his Mum Tanya and Dad Mathew for a fire station visit. The youngster was given the full fire station experience – being shown round the fire engine, shooting water, trying on a fire helmet, and a ride in the engine. The crew also presented him with his very own large toy fire engine to take home, T-shirt and baseball cap.

Mark Baldwin, Station Manager at St Helens Community Fire Station, commented. “We were delighted to welcome Lincoln, Mum and Dad. He’s been through such a lot at his young age, so the crew really wanted to make it a day to remember.

“The BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is something we really look forward to at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service – and we’ve been taking part since 2007. We’ll have firefighters and recruit firefighters, fire control room staff, support staff and the Chief Fire Officer – all coming together as one team. It’s a great way to promote health and wellbeing, leading an active lifestyle, and having fun all while supporting a community event.

“As we head into the festive season we’d also like to remind people to check their smoke alarms as more electrical items are used in the household, including Christmas lights and decorations – please make sure your sockets are not overloaded. To book a home fire safety check or to replace your smoke alarm free of charge please call 0800 7315958.”

Lincoln’s mum, Tanya, added, “The care and support Lincoln has received from Alder Hey since he was born has been incredible. Supporting the charity and the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash is our way of saying thank you as a family and giving something back.

“The fire station visit was amazing and something we will never forget. The smile on Lincoln’s face said it all, he was absolutely thrilled. We’d like to say a big thank you to the crew at St Helens Community Fire Station, Alder Hey, and BTR Liverpool – not forgetting Oli the Alder Hey mascot. We cannot wait for the Santa Dash. Lincoln is excited to dress up as Santa, it’s going to be a lovely experience.”

The 5K route starts from Pier Head Liverpool, passing through the Grade I Listed Royal Albert Dock Liverpool estate, winding its way through the city centre, before a grandstand finish line featuring stilt-walking festive characters and ‘real’ snow outside Liverpool Town Hall.

Lincoln will be joined on stage by the Lord Mayor Of Liverpool, Councillor Mary Rasmussen.

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