On your marks for pan­cake race re­turn

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

FOR­GET the Olympics and the Tour of Bri­tain, the re­turn of the town’s an­nual pan­cake race is sure to get pulses rac­ing once again.

The Mac­cles­field Pan­cake Race at­tracts hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors as teams of four run a re­lay down the length of Mill Street while toss­ing a pan­cake.

This year the event takes place dur­ing lunchtime on Tuesday, February 28, and or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents to gather a team to­gether and take part and help raise as much money as pos­si­ble for ECHO – the of­fi­cial char­ity of East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

Fiona Doorey, fundraising man­ager for ECHO, said: “ECHO has now been run­ning Mac­cles­field’s an­nual pan­cake race for three years and I’m de­lighted to say it has gone from strength to strength.

“This year’s event should be big­ger and bet­ter than ever, so we want as many lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions as pos- sible to en­ter and we’re hop­ing for a good crowd to turn out on the day.

“Our thanks goes to the lo­cal busi­nesses who will be at the race sell­ing re­fresh­ments on the day – all will be do­nat­ing prof­its raised to ECHO.

“The pan­cake race is a great, fun way to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and raise funds for im­por­tant lo­cal NHS ser­vices at the same time.”

With the first race at 11am the event is ex­pect to last un­til about 1pm, which means par­tic­i­pants can take part dur­ing an ex­tended lunch hour.

Any funds raised for ECHO go to­wards pro­vid­ing the most up-to-date equip­ment, pi­o­neer­ing treat­ment and staff de­vel­op­ment – all to im­prove di­rect pa­tient care, both at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal and in other lo­cal com­mu­nity health­care ser­vices.

A num­ber of prizes will be on of­fer – in­clud­ing a prize for best fancy dress – and lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion Silk FM will be on hand to com­pere and keep the crowds en­ter­tained.

While fancy dress is not com­pul­sory, it is ac­tively en­cour­aged as fun and wacky cos­tumes are a sta­ple fix­ture of the pan­cake race. Reg­is­tra­tion costs £20 and takes place out­side the town hall at 10am.

There is no spon­sor­ship limit, but par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to raise as much spon­sor­ship as they can.

To regis­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion about the event call 01625 661184 or email ec­ntstaff.comms@ nhs.net.

Com­peti­tors at last year’s pan­cake race

Laura Gen­ders ready for this year’s SilkFest

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