Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is challenging runners to go the distance this month [MAY], by taking on the Great Birmingham 10k. 

With less than a month to go until the iconic city race, the Selly Park-based hospice is calling on running enthusiasts to snap up its final charity places – helping to raise both funds and awareness for its crucial care.  

Taking place on Sunday 26 May, the Hospice is offering free charity places for the city centre run, with the hope that runners will pledge to raise much-needed sponsorship for the charity. Runners can also run for the Hospice using their own place to really maximise the impact of their sponsorship.

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Founded in 1979, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is celebrating 40 years of care across Birmingham and Sandwell this year. The charity supports people to live well with life-limiting illness, by providing care in people’s homes, in the community and at the Hospice itself. 

Mostly funded through the generosity of local people, just £150 raised in sponsorship could help the Hospice to provide emotional and practical support to people who have been diagnosed with an incurable illness, helping to give back their confidence and zest for life.

Laura Nash, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “The Great Birmingham 10k is a fantastic challenge for any runner – it can be a great first race for someone who has recently taken up running, or it can be a brilliant warmup for those taking on the half marathon in Birmingham later this year.

“Running for Birmingham St Mary’s is extra special this year, as we’re celebrating 40 years of care across our community. Being diagnosed with a life-limiting illness can be physically and emotionally tough – not just for the patient but for family and loved ones too – but our expert team do everything they can to help people to live well with their illness. We want to make sure that they can keep doing the things they love with the people who matter most to them. 

“To keep doing this though, we need much-needed funding. It will cost £8 million to run the Hospice’s services this year – over 60 per cent of which will need to come from generous voluntary donations – so all sponsorship money raised will go a long way in supporting people who are going through the most difficult of times.” 

Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice cares for 400 people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness. 

If you would like to take on the Great Birmingham 10k for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, you can sign up here: https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/great-birmingham-10k-2019 

Alternatively, you can email events@birminghamhospice.org.uk for more information. 

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