A STAFF nurse from Barnsley Hospice is getting in the festive spirit in a bid to raise vital funds for a cause close to his heart.

Chris Britton, who lives in Dodworth, has been cycling to and from his work at the hospice dressed as an elf.

The 48-year-old will donate all of the proceeds of his fundraiser to Barnsley Hospice - a place he has worked for more than 14 years.

Chris told the Chronicle: “I’ve always been up for having a laugh and after the year we’ve had I think it’s important.

“Just like many across the borough, the hospice relies on public funding to get by but things are difficult after the pandemic.

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“I see directly where this money goes and every penny is spent in the most life-changing of ways.

“I know how important this money is and wanted to do just a small part in contributing what I can.”

Chris has put his best foot forward in raising five times more than his initial target, and hopes this challenge can bring some Christmas cheer to the area.

“It’s been a lot of fun so far. I’ve had a lot of people cheer me along and smile so hopefully it’s helped in boosting morale with residents.

“I set an initial fundraising goal just to test the waters and see how it went. So far, we’ve raised more than £600 which has been amazing.

“I work the night shift so not many people see me on my way to work. In the morning however, I have schoolchildren waving at me which is great.

“My colleagues at Barnsley Hospice are so passionate and selfless so I wanted to give the funds directly to them.

“Feel free to follow the elf for the hospice, and give me a wave on my travels.”

To donate to Chris’ fundraiser, visit Nicola Wood’s Facebook appeal.