The Burghfield Santas set themselves up as an official TVAA volunteer fundraising group in 2016, but their fundraising efforts go back to our early days as a charity.

Legend has it that they wanted a reason to go to the pub on the weekend before Christmas without being told off by their better halves. Surely if they combined the pub with raising money for their favourite charity then nobody could complain? And so, The Burghfield Santas were born.

It started off with five friends dressing as Santa doing a pub crawl around Burghfield and the surrounding villages. That first year they raised £475. The next year some more Santas joined and they started to gain business sponsors and raised over £4,000.

In recent years over thirty Santas take part in this festive fun and they have developed into a local fundraising group. The group have graduated from that first pub crawl to running beer festivals, box-kart races and an Easter bunny hop.

13 years on from the first pub crawl, the fantastic fundraising group have raised in excess of £150,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance

For more information about the Burghfield Santas, visit their website burghfieldsantas.org.uk.

If you are inspired by The Santas and interested in volunteer fundraising then contact us for more details.