Local runners go extra mile for hospice patients

Local runners have literally gone the extra mile to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice patients, taking part in a range of special races in aid of the charity. 

The Sale Harriers Sizzlers, which is a popular annual running series attracting hundreds of runners each year, has raised around £7,000 this year thanks to its generous participants and organisers. 

The series has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice over the years, with bucket collections and other fundraising activities, but this year organisers decided to also add a special fifth raise to raise even more for the local cause.

  The Sale Harriers Neil Cliffe 5K saw hundreds of people hit the course in Wythenshawe Park, with all proceeds donated to the hospice. 

  Fechin McCormick, Race Director, said: ”Neil Cliffe was one of my closest friends and had been since his inspirational fundraising days of the mid-1980s and 90s. His fundraising ultimately built the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital that today is part of St Ann’s Hospice’s wonderful work and it has been an honour and delight to promote this race on the first anniversary of his death and on the golden jubilee of St Ann’s Hospice too.” 

St Ann’s is one of the oldest and largest hospices in the UK, and is celebrating its 50th birthday with a variety of events and activities throughout 2021. 

Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “The Sale Harriers team and organiser Fechin McCormick are amazing in their continued support of the hospice and we’re hugely grateful to them, and to all the runners for raising such a fantastic amount for our patients. 

“The events are so inclusive, with experienced runners taking part alongside beginners, and there were quite a few people wearing fancy dress too in honour of St Ann’s 50th anniversary. 

“It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but it’s really heart-warming to see people coming together in this way to help raise funds to ensure we can continue caring for patients and those closest to them.  Big thanks to everyone involved.  We really do appreciate it.” 

To find out more about ways you can get involved in the hospice’s anniversary year celebrations, please visit www.sah.org.uk/birthday or call 0161 498 3631. 

  

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