Press release from St Mary’s Hospice:
A hospice which provides life-changing care across Birmingham and Sandwell is appealing to people to join its colourful team of runners this autumn.

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is looking for folk to join its ‘Purple Pavement Pounders’ in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, formerly the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon, on October 23.

The team is so named due to the striking colour of its running vests, and anyone can join, whether they are running in someone’s memory, racing colleagues or taking on a challenge with friends.

Team members will receive unlimited support from a dedicated fundraising team member, a cheering point somewhere along the course and a discount at Tri-First running and triathlon shop in Harborne Lane.

Additionally, the Hospice is organising a free ‘Ask the Experts’ event where team members can get information and ask questions from a team of experts on anything from training to nutrition.

Head of Fundraising and Marketing Caroline Taylor said “Last year more than 40 people took part in the Birmingham Half Marathon in support of the Hospice, but we really need to beat that figure this year in order to continue providing the care on which so many across our community rely. We’re appealing to all sections of the community to get involved.

“It costs £6.6 million a year to keep Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice running so people taking up the challenge to run 13.1 miles will really help us reach that target. In return we will give our Purple Pavement Pounders as much help and encouragement as we can as we really are grateful for what they do.”

Anyone interested in running the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on behalf of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice should contact Alice Watts on 0121 472 1191 or email alice.watts@bsmh.org.uk

Each year Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice cares for around 1,000 people with terminal conditions, the majority of whom are looked after in their homes, surrounded by family and friends. Those with more complex medical needs are able to stay in the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit in Selly Park for respite or symptom control.

Birmingham St Mary’s Day Hospice, on the same site, offers patients with less advanced conditions the chance of a weekly visit to receive medical support, complementary and creative therapies and friendship, whilst giving their home carers some time off.

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