Staff and students will be among the sea of Santa’s running along Exeter Quay this Sunday in the annual Exeter Santa Run.

College student Sam is pictured here with Care staff Leanne and Tony.

The event is organised by Exeter City Football Club’s Football in the Community, where we are one of their chosen charities.

We educate and care for students aged 4-24, but are not funded in the same way as state schools and so relies on fundraising for essential projects that otherwise would not happen.

Like many inspirational students at the Academy, Sam pictured here, who also enjoys horse-riding, doesn’t let his deafness or wheelchair hold him back and has entered the Santa Run as a fundraiser to help raise the profile of our work.

Care Team staff Leanne and Tony will be guiding Sam around the Santa Run course, together with a number of other students and staff. They will be raising money for a number of projects that include family sign language weekends, counselling and therapies for students who have additional needs beyond their Deafness.

You can sponsor the Exeter Deaf Academy team by visiting:

The annual Santa Run on Sunday 4 December attracts hundreds of Santa’s of all ages and is one of the city’s festive highlights. It is a wheelchair-friendly inclusive event starting from Piazza Terracina on Exeter Quay.

There will be volunteers with Exeter Deaf Academy charity tins at the Santa Run if you would like to make a donation on the day.

Exeter Deaf Academy is one of the city’s oldest charities and runs a specialist school and college in a bilingual English and British Sign Language (BSL) environment for Deaf young people aged 4-24. The Deaf Academy’s English and BSL bilingual community gives Deaf young people a sense of belonging as they learn and develop their own language skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their own potential.