08 06 21 | Community

Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson support’s St Ann’s Hospice birthday challenge

Emmerdale’s Chris Bisson support’s St Ann’s Hospice birthday challenge

The 50 in 50 challenge sees the hospice appealing for over 50 people to take part in this year’s Great Manchester Run in aid of the charity

Emmerdale star Chris Bisson, who took part in the Sixty in 60 challenge, is urging others to join in the challenge in their 50th anniversary year.

St Ann’s Hospice is inviting people across Greater Manchester to tighten their shoelaces in a special challenge to raise money for local patients.

The 50 in 50 challenge sees the hospice appealing for over 50 people to take part in this year’s Great Manchester Run in aid of the charity – and for each participant to aim to finish the 10km distance in 50 minutes.

In previous years, the charity has hosted a Sixty in 60 challenge, which was devised by long-term supporter Mitchell Brough, but has decided to make it slightly different for 2021 as the hospice celebrates its 50th birthday.

Emmerdale star Chris Bisson, who took part in the Sixty in 60 challenge, said:

“St Ann’s is a really special place that’s been looking after our community for 50 years.  It’s difficult to explain just how wonderful St Ann’s is. It’s 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 St Ann’s on this run and we can try and make a real difference.”

The Great Manchester Run will be taking place on Sunday 26th September 2021, with a brand-new route for runners to enjoy.  The 50 in 50 challenge will be open to all St Ann’s runners but this is an optional challenge for runners who wish to push themselves further for the hospice. The charity would still love to also welcome other runners who would like to complete the run in their own time, as part of #TeamStAnns.

Team members running for St Ann’s will get free entry into the run, with the charity asking that they try to raise a minimum of £200 sponsorship for the hospice. They’ll also have the opportunity to attend training events, will receive a free #TeamStAnns running vest and a special fundraising pack. There will also be a post-event party to celebrate the achievements of the runners.

Rachel McMillan, chief executive of St Ann’s said:

“The Great Manchester Run has been a staple fundraiser for St Ann’s for many years. We’re so thankful to everyone who takes part and helps raise funds for our hospice – it really does make a difference. This year, for our 50thbirthday, we are asking supporters to take part in our 50 in 50 challenge, but also welcoming other supporters to run at their own pace. We can’t wait to see you all there, so please sign up and help support St Ann’s for our golden year.”

St Ann’s Hospice is one of the oldest hospices in the UK and is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. It cares for people affected by life-limiting illnesses from its sites in Heald Green and  Little Hulton, as well as via a range of community and outreach services.

For more information, or to sign up, please visit www.sah.org.uk/runforstanns or call 0161 498 3631.

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