Emmerdale star Chris Bisson is putting on his running shoes to join local people in a special challenge to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.
The actor has pledged to take part in the charity’s Sixty in 60 challenge, which was devised by long-term supporter Mitchell Brough.
The challenge sees the hospice appealing for over sixty people to join Chris and Mitch to take part in this year’s Great Manchester Run – and for each participant to aim to finish the 10km run in 60 minutes.
“St Ann’s is a really special place that’s been looking after our community for nearly 50 years. It’s difficult to explain just how wonderful St Ann’s is and I’m hoping that by raising awareness as well as money, I can help spread the word about how St Ann’s is a warm, welcoming place that wraps its arms around people when they’re at their most vulnerable. Although the care to patients and families is completely free, it actually takes a huge amount of money to be able to do that.
“I’m hoping that everyone will get behind us on this run and we can try and make a real difference. My fiancée, Rowena, has just signed up and I’m hoping to rope in some of my Emmerdale and Corrie colleagues too. Come and join us!”
Challenge organiser Mitchell Brough, from Fallowfield has done the Great Manchester run six times in aid of the hospice. He explained how he came up with the idea:
“I wanted to find a really creative way to inspire as many people as possible to join Team St Ann’s and take part in the run this year, and I think that the Sixty in 60 challenge will do just that. If 60 people each raise £200 it will mean £12,000 for the hospice, which I know will make a huge difference to the local patients they care for.”
“January is always the time of year when people set themselves new goals, and what better way to get fit than by joining a fun challenge that also helps raise money for local people who really need our support? Aiming to complete the 10km run in 60 minutes is a challenge but is certainly accessible to most people if they start to train now. We’re happy to support people along the way, and the positive spirit of the Team St Ann’s runners always spurs me on whenever I run to raise money for them. We’re also welcoming runners of all abilities, so even if you don’t think you will make the 60 minutes target, please sign up anyway – we’d love to have you as part of Team St Anns.”
The hospice is asking anyone interested in joining Chris and Mitch at the run on Sunday 19th May as part of the Sixty in 60 challenge to apply via the website at www.sah.org.uk/sixtyin60 or by calling 0161 498 3631.
Team members will receive free entry into the run, with the charity asking that they try to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship. They’ll also have the opportunity to train with some of the other team members before the run, will receive a free #TeamStAnns running vest and a special fundraising pack. There’ll also be a post-race reception for the Sixty in 60 team at a venue in the city centre to celebrate completion of the run.
For more information, or to sign up to join Chris and Mitch, please visit www.sah.org.uk/sixtyin60 or call 0161 498 3631.