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Children of LINCOLN take their marks for new charity event

Children of LINCOLN take their marks for new charity event

Former England football manager Graham Taylor was back on home turf as he officially launched the new-look Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K and Arena Group Lincoln Mini and Junior Runs.

Youngsters aged between 9 and 14 will be encouraged to pull on their trainers to take part in the Arena Group City of Lincoln Mini and Junior Runs, which take place on Saturday 21st March.

Graham Taylor commented; “I’m sure there will be a brilliant atmosphere on the day. The runners will get great support and, along with the achievement of crossing the finish line, they will have the satisfaction of helping some really deserving charities.”

The official partner charity of the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run is St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice, with all young runners encouraged to raise a small amount in sponsorship to support its Lincolnshire centre. St Andrew’s is the only children’s hospice in Lincolnshire and provides care for children and young adults, who have a life limiting illness, from across the county.

The Hospice provides specialist respite care on an in-patient and day-care basis, pain and symptom control and end of life care. As importantly, the Hospice also provides care and support for the patient’s family, including practical and emotional support, special care for siblings and bereavement support. The service costs £1.8m a year to run – with only a tiny 3 per cent of it coming from Government funding.

Angela Greenfield, Events Co-ordinator at St Andrew’s said: “We’re really pleased to have been chosen as the official charity of the Arena Group Mini and Junior Run. We support around 90 children or young people and their families each year, all of them are going through the toughest experience you can imagine. “The work the hospice does, not only in its care, but also in supporting the siblings and families of patients, really is invaluable and just doesn’t exist elsewhere. We hope as many young people as possible who take part in the runs will consider raising a small amount for us – every penny will help to support the hospice and the young people it cares for.”

Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of the Arena Group, whose support will allow every child to take part in the Mini and Junior Runs for free, said: “We are absolutely delighted to support the Lincoln mini and junior runs and St Andrew's Children's Hospice. Our involvement with Run For All’s children’s runs in Leeds and York has been hugely enjoyable and we are very much looking forward to seeing hundreds of youngsters running through Lincoln next year.”

Further Information

For more information and to enter the Arena Group Mini or Junior Run go to www.runforall.com. Runners who sign up quickly can currently take advantage of an early bird offer.

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