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Run For The 96 Goes Virtual - Runners Can Win A Signed Jamie Carragher LFC Shirt

THE 7th Annual Run For The 96 takes place on Saturday, 22 May 2021. Due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions, the community legacy event will be a virtual run for the 2nd year. The virtual format allows participants to complete a 5K or 1 mile distance local to them, and also enables runners and football fans across the world to get involved. Everyone taking part has the chance to win a signed Jamie Carragher LFC shirt featuring his honours specially embroidered on the back. The shirt will be personalised to the winner.

Liverpool Football Club legends Alan Kennedy and Jamie Carragher will be taking part virtually. Alan Kennedy has taken part every year since the event was 1st staged in 2015, including last year's virtual run. More than 600 participants have already registered. Runners will receive their number to wear on virtual run day, as well as their special commemorative medal.

The entry fee has been reduced to reflect the virtual format. No T-shirts will be produced this year due to the event change. Overseas participants are encouraged to register early so run packs can be posted. Virtual runners have already registered in:- Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United States of America.

Run For The 96 was 1st staged in 2015 as a positive community legacy event to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough tragedy, on 15 April 1989. The event also remembers the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity. The event has previously had the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), which disbanded earlier this year. Run For The 96 has now raised more than ₤30,000 for charities since the event was 1st staged.

This year's official beneficiaries are the LFC Foundation; Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. Together, they support the vision of creating a legacy event to honour The 96 while ensuring local communities benefit. Independent race organisation BTR Liverpool organise and deliver the event. BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell commented:- "Due to the ongoing global Covid19 health Pandemic, once again we are hosting Run For The 96 as a virtual event. We are living in extraordinary circumstances, but it is so important that we continue to honour The 96 in this special way. Walk, jog or run the 5K or 1 mile distance wherever you are in the world. You could complete your chosen distance with a friend, socially distanced of course! Until we can stand side by side again in Stanley Park, let's come together virtually and run to remember The 96, on Saturday, 22 May 2021."

Last year's virtual Run For The 96 saw 1,600 runners take part across the world, raising ₤6,700 which was split equally between the LFC Foundation; Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. Once again, the 4 beneficiaries will receive an equal share of all monies raised through sponsorship and donations made through the dedicated Run For The 96 2021 Just Giving charity page which can be found online.

Alan Rothwell added:- "The last 12 months have proved particularly challenging for our 4 beneficiaries, who have continued their incredible work despite a huge drop in fundraising. Everyone taking part in the virtual Run For The 96 is encouraged to spread the word as they fundraise. All funds raised will support their work to continue vital community outreach programmes."

Everyone taking part, sponsoring a runner or making a 1 off donation has the chance to win 1 of 3 LFC jerseys donated and signed by Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher. The shirts will be personally signed for the winners. There are 3 chances to win:-

  Virtual run registered participants will be entered into a draw.

  All fundraisers and anyone making a 1 off donation on the official Just Giving Page, will be entered into a draw (donations made before midday, on 31 May 2021, will be eligible for the draw).

  Photo competition judged by Jamie Carragher.

Participants are encouraged to take a picture showing their run number and/or medal to be included in the online gallery. Jamie Carragher will be looking for the most inventive picture; this could be choice of event running gear or run backdrop. Pictures must be submitted by midnight, on Monday, 31 May 2021, to be included in the competition, email images, to:- Alan@BTRLiverpool.Com.

Jamie Carragher commented:- "Run For The 96 is a very special event, and I'm delighted to donate 3 signed shirts and take part virtually again this year. Celebrating the lives of The 96 and ensuring we honour their memory is hugely important to me. I'm looking forward to judging the picture competition, I'm sure we'll receive some exciting pictures. It's a real privilege to be involved, both running and as an official charity, alongside 3 other incredible beneficiaries. I'm already looking forward to joining everyone on the start line in Stanley Park next year."

Register for Run For The 96 at:- BTRLiverpool.Com/965k.

VE Day 8 May

A global conflict like no other: remembering peace in Europe. The day the 2nd World War ended in Europe was one of unbridled celebration in Britain. But have you forgotten what you learned at School about the war? Former Primary School teacher Becky Cranham of PlanBee Teaching Resources refreshes your memory and provides some simple activities you can do at home with your children. On 8 May 1945, Winston Churchill announced that the war was over in Europe. It became known as VE Day (Victory in Europe Day). However, the war didn't officially end around the world until 2 September that year.

Short rations on toilet paper and 9 other fascinating facts about the War:-

1. British soldiers' toilet paper ration was 3 sheets a day.

2. To avoid using the German sounding word:- 'hamburger' during the War, Americans called a:- 'hamburger' a 'liberty steak.'

3. 8 out of 10 soldiers captured and held in Russian prisoner of war camps died there.

4. Over ˝ of those who died during the War were civilians.

5. Britain built 132,500 aircraft during the War.

6. Britain had less rationing than any county in mainland Europe.

7. Spain, Sweden and Switzerland were among the countries that chose to remain 'neutral' during the War.

8. The number of people killed during the War was more than the entire population of Great Britain today.

9. Calvin Graham was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the US Navy, and is thought to be the youngest person to fight in the War. He won Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals before the Navy discovered his age.

10. Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was captured by the British, in May 1941, and incarcerated in the Tower of London, the last person to be imprisoned there.

The Drift to War... In the 1st War (1914 to 1918), Germany was defeated. After this military humiliation, Hitler and the Nazis wanted Germany to be a powerful country once again. When it invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. Before long, there was barely a country in the world which wasn't involved.

State of the nations - Allies v. the Axis...

The Axis countries (fighting against Britain) included:-








The Allied countries included:-

  Great Britain.


  United States.







  and many more nations...

Britain in the War: surviving the Blitz... In 1940, the German air force ('Luftwaffe') began dropping bombs on Britain in air raids. The 1st bombing took place on 7 September 1940, with around 350 bombers flying across London. For 11 weeks, Britain was bombed almost every day. The Luftwaffe targeted docks, factories and railways so that Britain would be brought to a standstill.

Did you know... The word:- 'Blitz' comes from the German word:- 'Blitzkrieg,' which means:- 'Lightning War.'

Civilians take cover:-

  Shelters: Civilians were told to build shelters in their homes and gardens so they could protect themselves during air raids. One of the most popular was the Anderson shelter, made from corrugated iron sheets and dug ˝way into the ground.

  The Underground: In London, hundreds of families would squeeze onto the platforms to keep safe from the bombings overhead.

  The Blackout: During the Blitz, everyone had to block out any light from their windows and doors using heavy blackout curtains, cardboard or anything else that would block the light and make it harder for the Luftwaffe to hit its targets.

  Evacuation: Children were sent from the cities to live with other families; host families; in the countryside to keep them safe from the bombs. The host families were given some money each week to care for evacuees. Caring for evacuees was considered a national service; you could be fined if you refused to take in evacuees with no good reason.

⅓ of London was destroyed during the Blitz. By the end, 60,000 people had died, 87,000 people had been injured and 2 million homes had been completely destroyed.

Building an army... When the war started, lots of men willingly joined the army. But in 1940, 2 million more men were conscripted (ordered to sign up).

Those in certain professions didn't have to sign up; jobs like being a farmer, a railway driver or a miner were considered crucial jobs that Britain could not do without. Those who were too old, weak or young to fight, as well as those in important professions, became members of the Home Guard, which protected Britain's coastline from attack

A soldier's life... All men called up to be soldiers were sent to train before they went to the battlefield. Once trained, they could be sent anywhere around the world. A soldier's experience in the war depended on what rank of the armed forces he was in, and where he was posted.

For most soldiers, life was very difficult. They had food rations, but supplies were not always able to get through to their base. If they weren't at an army base, they usually lived in tents or in holes dug in the ground. Many didn't have access to heating, hot water or other home comforts.

Women join the war effort... With so many men away at war, women had to step in and do the jobs men had left behind. They also had to carry on running their households, looking after children, growing food, and much more.

From 1941, women were called up for war work, such as:- working in weapons factories, driving buses or being air raid wardens.

There were also more than 640,000 women in the armed forces. Their roles included:- driving Ambulances in war zones, Nursing at Army Hospitals and flying aircraft.

Jews face extermination... Hitler and the Nazis believed that people with blond hair and blue eyes ('Aryans') were a:- 'master' race and that anyone else was:- 'lesser.' He wanted Germany to be a pure Aryan race; he particularly wanted to:- 'cleanse' Germany of all Jews.

As soon as he came to power, Hitler started making life difficult for Jews. Germans were encouraged to avoid anyone or anything associated with Jews, including:- Jewish businesses. Many Jews had to leave Germany and German occupied lands, to find safety overseas. Many came to Britain. More than 6 million Jews died in the concentration camps built by the Nazis.

The War draws to a close... During the course of the War, the Axis troops had occupied much of Europe, including:- France and Poland. But by 1944, many of these were being freed by the Allies. Italy also changed sides in 1943, and declared war on Germany. Then, on 30 April 1945, Hitler committed suicide. A week later, Germany surrendered.

Remembering the War... It is thought that between 75 million to 80 million people died during the War. Remembrance Day on 11 November1940, has been observed since the end of the 1st World War to remember members of the armed forces who lost their lives protecting their country.

If you would like to know more about the 2nd World War, read PlanBee's World War 2 Fact Blog, try some of these:- Remembrance Day Activities or view PlanBee's selection of free and premium World War resources.  Click on these links to download some children's activity sheets:- 1. 2. 3. 4.

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