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17th November 2017

Redbrik runners raise vital funds for three local charities

Employees from Redbrik have raised more than £6,500 for three local charities.

Redbrik’s Mark Ross, Peter Lee, Michael Parry, Lindsey Holdsworth, Tracey Gurney, and Ross Bateman ran the 13.1-mile Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon to raise money for their three chosen charities of the year.

Official partners of the Chesterfield Half Marathon, Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, near Rotherham, as well as The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield are set to benefit from the funds.

Mark Ross, director at Redbrik, said: “As headline sponsors of the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, we thought it was only fair that we show our support by running the marathon ourselves.

“We are all so proud of completing the half marathon and for raising such an incredible amount of money for three amazing charities – we have far surpassed our target and the donations keep rolling in.

“The donations and support on the day really spurred us on and there was such an overwhelming feeling of community among the racers and residents of Chesterfield that came out to support everyone, making the event a resounding success. Roll on next year!”

Redbrik has pledged support to the event with a five-year sponsorship agreement with race organisers MLS Contracts Ltd., the region’s largest major events company.

Beth Cole, events fundraiser from Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “’As the main charity partners for the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon, we were extremely humbled to have received so much support from people choosing to run the half marathon for Ashgate Hospicecare.

“It was a pleasure to work in partnership with Redbrik and spend time with them at their branch during the runner pack collections.

“We are thrilled that the money raised by Redbrik at the Half Marathon will be split between three worthy charities and the team at Redbrik should be very proud of their efforts!

“This money could pay for 16 sessions in our Day Hospice where patients can receive treatment, give their carers some respite, take part in activities and spend time with people in a similar situation to themselves. It is a service that is much loved by all those who attend, so thank you so much to Redbrik for allowing us to continue helping those who need us most.”

Ashgate Hospice provides care to patients across North Derbyshire at the hospice, in the community and at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. The hospice also provides a wide range of community-based care and support services to enable people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

Bluebell Wood offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and in the hospice in North Anston. Every year, they aim to raise £4 million to keep the hospice running.

The money raised on behalf of The Children’s Hospital Charity buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment and helps to create a comfortable, engaging environment for patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

For further information about Ashgate Hospice, visit https://www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/, for Bluebell Wood, visit http://www.bluebellwood.org/ or for The Children’s Hospital Charity, visit http://www.tchc.org.uk/.