COLLEGE students couldn’t believe their eyes when dozens of fellow teenagers donned Santa Claus costumes to take part in a charity fun run.
Students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, took time out of their lessons to pull on the red and white suits and run around the site.
Several brave staff also donned their trainers to compete in the sponsored festive fun run.
All of the money raised from the event will be donated to the British Heart Foundation in the new year once it has all been collected.
The event, which was staged just before the students broke up for Christmas, was the brainchild of college staff and the student fundraising committee.
Each tutor group elected a runner who was sponsored by students to complete laps of the grounds of the recently revamped site dressed in Santa costumes.
Carole Horseman, vice principal at the college, said “The college’s students have a long history of raising money for good causes and this is one of a series of events organised during the Autumn term which have raised more than £1,000.
“The Santa Fun Run was particularly popular this year and the students were very keen to see their money donated to the British Heart Foundation.”
The British Heart Foundation, which was founded in 1961, is a national charity that aims to prevent people dying from heart diseases.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College has recently undergone a £24.5m transformation which included new accommodation being added to the front and back of the existing building.