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● San­tas and elves at last year’s Pud­ding Dash

HUN­DREDS of lo­cal peo­ple will be pud­ding their best foot for­ward for a spe­cial event this De­cem­ber in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.

Fam­i­lies from across Greater Manch­ester will be gath­er­ing in Wythen­shawe Park on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, to take part in the eighth Manch­ester Christ­mas Pud­ding 5 Mile Dash.

The fes­tive race – where Christ­mas themed fancy dress is en­cour­aged – com­prises a two-lap flat off-road course us­ing the foot­paths, fields and trails in the park.

Suitable for both ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners and be­gin­ners, there’s also a 2.5 mile course for those not want­ing to take on the full 5 mile dis­tance.

A ded­i­cated chil­dren’s race is also avail­able for young­sters wish­ing to join the fes­tive fun.

Or­gan­ised by Nice Work, the an­nual event has proven pop­u­lar with run­ners who en­joy the Christ­mas pud­dings and other fes­tive good­ies on of­fer on the day, as well as re­ceiv­ing a medal when they cross the fin­ish line.

Ea­monn O’Neal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s, said: “We’re in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to Nice Work for choos­ing St Ann’s as the lo­cal char­ity to ben­e­fit from this year’s race.

“It will be a fan­tas­tic fam­ily event, and all of the money raised in spon­sor­ship will help us to make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of the pa­tients we care for.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the Christ­mas themed out­fits on dis­play on the day too, as I’ve heard there have been some bril­liant ones in pre­vi­ous years.

“It’ll be a great way to start warm­ing up for the fes­tive sea­son.

“We’d love as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to sign up to take part. It’ll be a cracker!”

The run starts at 11am. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to book a place and join the race, visit uk/races/manch­ester­pud­ding-dash BUSI­NESSES from across Greater Manch­ester raised thou­sands of pounds for a lo­cal char­ity, thanks to an in­no­va­tive fundrais­ing chal­lenge.

The Ac­cu­mu­la­tor, which was pitched as a Dragons’ Den meets The Ap­pren­tice fundraiser, saw com­pa­nies tasked with rais­ing as much money as pos­si­ble from £100 in a bid to achieve the most profit over a month-long pe­riod.

Teams of vary­ing sizes from a di­verse range of busi­nesses took part and com­peted through­out Oc­to­ber, with the aim of be­com­ing The Ul­ti­mate Ac­cu­mu­la­tor.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions could choose to spend the ini­tial cap­i­tal of £100 as they saw fit – as long as it was le­gal – and could de­cide to rein­vest or put all their money be­hind one big ac­tiv­ity.

Ea­monn O’Neal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s, said: “We’re in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­cia­tive of all the hard work that has gone into mak­ing this year’s Ac­cu­mu­la­tor such a suc­cess. The teams have ● raised a mas­sive £15,400 for the hospice, which is in­cred­i­ble.

“We’re thrilled that ev­ery­one who took part re­ally threw them­selves into rais­ing as much money as pos­si­ble for St Ann’s. It will make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of the lo­cal pa­tients we care for and their fam­i­lies too.”

A spe­cial awards cer­e­mony was held at the hospice in Heald Green to cel­e­brate the end of the chal­lenge.

This year a team from law firm Clarke Will­mott won the ac­co­lade of The Ul­ti­mate Ac­cu­mu­la­tor, rais­ing an amaz­ing £6,040 for the char­ity.

They also won the In­no­va­tor Award.

Thirty keen staff mem­bers sad­dled up on static bikes at their Manch­ester of­fices to cy­cle the equiv­a­lent of vis­it­ing each of Clarke Will­mott’s of­fices across the coun­try.

Emma Ham­nett, em­ploy­ment part­ner at Clarke Will­mott, said: “We loved the Ac­cu­mu­la­tor Chal­lenge and, of course, as lawyers we like to win, but the main story here is the amount lo­cal busi­nesses can raise in a short pe­riod of time when they get to­gether and chan­nel their ef­forts.

“We stand proudly be­hind the work St Ann’s does as many of our staff, in­clud­ing me, have had fam­ily mem­bers need­ing end of life hospice care.

“It was very hum­bling to visit the Heald Green hospice on the awards night and hear real life sto­ries about how fundrais­ing re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence.

“I’d also like to thank Pure Gym in Manch­ester for loan­ing us the bikes and all of our clients and con­tacts who spon­sored the Clarke Will­mott team.”

Eq­uity Hous­ing came in sec­ond, rais­ing £2,703.

The prizes were spon­sored by Swiz­zels. For more in­for­ma­tion on how busi­nesses can sup­port St Ann’s, call 0161 498 3631 or email cor­po­[email protected]

Paul Jarvis, direc­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment from St Ann’s, with Emma Ham­nett, em­ploy­ment part­ner from Clarke Will­mott

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