ST ANN’S HOSPICE
● 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 www.nice-work.org. 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] org.uk
Paul Jarvis, director of business development from St Ann’s, with Emma Hamnett, employment partner from Clarke Willmott