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Yuasa powers 3,000 Santas in Rotary charity fun run

Yuasa has jump started Christmas in style by donating batteries for the 15th annual Santa fun run, hosted by Rotary Club of Marlow Thames. The event saw a record number of 3,000 Santa Claus’ run through parks and the high street of Marlow in Buckinghamshire on Sunday, December 1.

The battery manufacturer donated the batteries for the charity event in order to power the lighting around the run route, including those in giant inflatable Santas.

Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Marlow, the festive 5k event raised around £45,000, which will go to charities predominantly in the local area. This year’s main good causes – Wycombe Homeless Connection and Buckinghamshire Mind, each were presented with cheques for £3,000.

The batteries used to power the event were NP12-12 batteries from Yuasa’s industry leading NP series. These batteries were the ideal choice, due to their superb recovery from deep discharge, AGM technology and extended life. Yuasa has been European market leaders for standby batteries for over 30 years and a proven track record of long-life performance.

Olympic Bronze medal winner at the 2008 summer Paralympics, Naomi Riches MBE, started the race at the bottom of the high street, while the participants took eight minutes to clear the start line. Riches was also present to hand out the awards to the winning male and female runners.

Dermot Kelly, head of the environmental committee at Rotary Club of Marlow, praised Yuasa’s commitment to the run. He said: “We wanted to use inflatable signs to get the message across, but these needed electrical power from a sustainable source. Usually we use generators but with the support of Yuasa, we were able to use appropriate batteries fed from clean energy.

“It has made us think about how we can all reduce our requirements for stand-alone power with the switch to battery power and make a difference to the environmental impact of our event. This wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions from Yuasa.”