Colour­ful tribute to clean­ing boss

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

STAFF at a Sale clean­ing com­pany will hap­pily get into a right mess at a fun run in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.

The Floorbrite team will hon­our the mem­ory of its founder Martin Wy­ers by tak­ing part in the Ob­sta­colour Run at Wythen­shawe Park on Sun­day.

Martin was a pa­tient at the hospice for six weeks be­fore he died of bowel can­cer in 2010, aged 61. He set up the com­mer­cial clean­ing and fa­cil­i­ties ser­vice provider 45 years ago and the com­pany now em­ploys 1,300 peo­ple.

Daugh­ter Nina, from Chea­dle Hulme, will lead a 12-strong team from Floorbrite where she is mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor. Sons Gabriel, 10, and Lu­cian, 8, will join their mum in the 5km event which sees fun run­ners show­ered in colour­ful pow­der.

Martin’s wife Linda, chair­man of Floorbrite, will be a spec­ta­tor, al­ways grate­ful for the sup­port from St Ann’s.

Linda, from Hale, said: “St Ann’s did a won­der­ful job car­ing for Martin and we can’t thank them enough. I also re­ceived coun­selling from the hospice and I’d en­cour­age any­one in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to seek their spe­cial­ist com­fort and sup­port be­cause it helped me enor­mously.”

More than 2,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to walk or jog the Ob­sta­colour Run rais­ing vi­tal funds for the hospice.

The first wave starts at 11am and the coloured pow­der used is en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly corn starch.

The mes­sage from St Ann’s to par­tic­i­pants tackling in­flat­able ob­sta­cles, which are op­tional, is to ‘start in white and end up bright’.

En­try is £15 and £12 for groups of five or more. Child en­try (aged six to 17 years) is £10 and un­der fives are free.

To en­ter go to www.sah. org.uk/ob­sta­colour­run.

Floorbrite fundrais­ers (from left) Linda Wy­ers, Emma Brig­nano, Emma McWal­ter, Jo-anne Thorn­ton, So­phie Scree­ton and Nina Wy­ers. Pic­tured left is Martin Wy­ers

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