Marathon bid for trust funds

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

IT WAS marathon ef­fort for a well-loved char­ity when a team of run­ners got to­gether to raise money.

Five run­ners took part in the Lon­don Marathon in aid of the Rossendale Trust, a char­ity lo­cated on Hollin Lane in Sut­ton.

The char­ity sup­ports adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and re­lies on fundrais­ing and dona­tions to con­tinue its work.

Each year the char­ity en­joys sup­port from run­ners who de­cide to com­plete the Lon­don Marathon and col­lect spon­sor­ship for the trust.

This year the trust has re­ceived more than £3,000 from the five run­ners who com­pleted the race to raise funds.

Those run­ning for the Trust were Phil Haines, who com­pleted the course in 3 hrs 4 min­utes, Ross Mar­riott who fin­ished in 3hrs 24 min­utes, Phil Damerell in 4hrs 25 min­utes and Jan­ice Atkins in 4hrs 42mins. The fifth run­ner was Rossendale’s own Karl Down­ing, who fin­ished his first marathon in 4hrs 41 min­utes.

Karl works for the Trust as a carer, and this was his first at­tempt at dis­tance run­ning.

He worked hard to get in shape for the race and said that his train­ing se­cret was among other things to give up chicken pies.

The money will be used to fund the ex­pan­sion and up­grade of the hor­ti­cul­ture scheme at Rossendale Hall. This is a project which the ten­ants con­trib­ute to each day.

Steve Ni­chols, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Rossendale Trust who at­tended the event, said: “What a marathon achieve­ment for the trust.

“It was a great hon­our to be in Lon­don to share this ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Kenya and Ethiopia may have taken the medals but the re­wards gained from our run­ners’ ded­i­ca­tion and gen­eros­ity can­not be sur­passed.

“They all de­serve medals.”

The Rossendale Trust has been es­tab­lished for more than 40 years and pro­vides sup­ported living care and sup­port to 58 adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties.

●● Steve Ni­cholls, Ste­vie Ni­chol­son, Karl Down­ing, Jan­ice Atkins and Phil Damerell ran the Lon­don Marathon for Rossendale Trust

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