Staff step it up

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A CHESHIRE com­pany, rated among the best in the coun­try, is putting lots of feet for­ward to en­ter one of the coun­try’s top rated run­ning chal­lenges.

Chess ICT is to be the main spon­sors of the Great Manch­ester Run for the East Cheshire Hospice team which should at­tract around 120 run­ners.

The ICT and tele­coms firm, which came sec­ond in the 2016 and 2017 Sun­day Times ‘Best Com­pa­nies to Work For’ list, is no stranger to fundrais­ing for the hospice, hav­ing raised more than £65,000 since be­com­ing a found­ing cor­po­rate al­liance part­ner four years ago. Em­ploy­ees of the com­pany, based in Alder­ley Edge, have done ev­ery­thing from sky- div­ing and danc­ing to cake-bak­ing and bag­pack­ing in their ef­forts to raise money on an on­go­ing ba­sis for the char­ity – 80 em­ploy­ees even made a sin­gle, Chess Aid, in 2013 in mem­ory of their op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, Julie Wright, who spent her last days at the hospice in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

“We are de­lighted to have the chance of spon­sor­ing this ma­jor event – it’s all about our com­mit­ment to play our part in the wider com­mu­nity,” says Kate Wood, Chess’ head of knowl­edge, cul­ture and of­fice.

The com­pany plans to put more than £10K to­wards the event and will also be field­ing its own run­ning team.

“We’ve got our run­ning club go­ing which will be meet­ing up ev­ery week in the lead up to the big event,” said Kate.

“And ev­ery run­ner is ea­ger to raise as much money as they can know­ing that the com­pany will match pound for pound ev­ery £100 raised.”

This year’s Sim­ply­health Great Manch­ester Run, which takes place on Satur­day, May 28, fea­tures a half marathon for the first time along with the bet­ter-known 10K run and prices start from £35 per per­son to take part.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have such a great com­pany as Chess with us this year,” said events man­ager, Jes­sica Ruth.

“They’ve been pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of our work for some time now and this sup­port should en­sure that ev­ery run­ner on our team has a great day.”

Tick­ets are avail­able on the hospice web­si­teeast cheshire­hos­ gmr2017 or email events @echos­

Keith Jud­son from Chess ICT on an ear­lier fundrais­ing mis­sion

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