The founder of the world's first Santa Run is back with two new Christmas fundraisers which will be riding into Powys this December.

The first ever Santa Canter will see mounted Father Christmases trotting through Caersws from 11am on Sunday, December 3, and the Santa Bikers will meet in Newtown at 9.30am on Sunday, December 10, before setting off on their motorbikes to deliver presents to Hope House Children's Hospice.

People can donate toys for Hope House, sponsor a Santa via the online Local Giving Appeal at or just come and cheer the riders along on the days.

The two events are being organised by Dougie Bancroft who founded the world’s first Santa run in Newtown in 2001, which went on to hold three world records by 2004.


County Times: Santa Bikers will be riding their way into Newtown on December 10.Santa Bikers will be riding their way into Newtown on December 10. (Image: The Game Change Project.)

Inspired by the interests of youngsters who attend The Game Change Project to learn about mechanics and horses amongst other practical skills, event organisers decided to add a novel twist to Dougie’s original Santa extravaganza.

The local not-for-profit organisation based near Aberhafesp has joining forces with two major charities to raise vital funds this Christmas. Proceeds from the Santa Canter and Santa Bikers fundraisers will be shared between children’s hospice Hope House, rural mental health campaign The DPJ Foundation and The Game Change Project.

Project Manager at The Game Change Project, Sian Roberts, said: “We hope to have an excellent turnout at both events."

There's still time to register to take part as a horse or motorbike rider by sending an email to Sian at or call 07766 606276.