HSBC chief to run Brum half-marathon for charity
THE chief executive of HSBC in the UK will be running the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run on Sunday, October 15, to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Ian Stuart, who had a hip replacement in 2014, will be leading HSBC’s team of 22 Birminghambased runners in the second biggest half-marathon in the UK.
The money raised by Ian will go towards HSBC UK’s commitment to raise £3 million for Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland during their three-year partnership.
HSBC will be competing in the Arcadis Business Challenge at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run, which sees Midlands companies of all shapes and sizes compete for fastest-time trophies and bragging rights in the corporate community.
Ian Stuart, HSBC CEO UK, said: “My children think that because I have a titanium hip I am the bionic man, but while I have done a fair amount of running before I haven’t gone anywhere near half-marathon distance since my hip replacement. This is going to be a real challenge.
“To me, running has not just been a way of keeping fit, I have also found it an effective way to clear my head after a stressful day or to use that quiet time to think through challenges.
“Exercising is well-known to help maintain mental health, and it can also be good for those living with dementia.”
There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. By 2021, it is estimated that one million people will be living with the condition.
Companies interested in taking part in the Arcadis Business Challenge at next year’s Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k can sign up at https://www.greatrun.org/greatbi r mingham- 1 0 k / busi ness - c hal - lenge
> HSBC UK chief executive Ian Stuart is running the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society