Services St Helens 10k Run in Association with Hattons Solicitors
THE Steve Prescott
Foundation in association with Engage Mutual Assurance are pleased
to announce that the GPW Legal Services St Helens 10k Run in
association with Hattons Solicitors will take place on Sunday, 18
March 2012, starting and finishing at the New Saints Stadium.
The challenging route will pass through the town centre and will
take in the challenge of North Road and Victoria Park.
Steve Prescott MBE said:- “The Foundation are really excited
about next year’s run. The prospect of finishing at the new stadium
was always our intention after the inaugural event. It is great to
see local St Helens businesses & Saints RLFC supporting our
philosophy of providing a stage to promote health and well- being to
the St Helens Public.”
This year all the sponsorship has been driven by local St Helens
businesses whose staff members are already putting together teams to
take part either by running or by volunteering on the day.
The runs title sponsor GPW Legal
Services was born out of a business venture with Hattons Solicitors.
After sponsoring the first 10k run in 2011, Hattons Solicitors still
wanted to support the local fundraising event but chose to do this
through their new business venture with GPW.
GPW Recruitment is one of the premier recruitment firms in the
region, dedicated to serving its clients to the highest standard.
Therefore GPW Legal Services was formed to provide bespoke, cost
effective legal advice and solutions for GPW’s corporate and private
clients, giving them added value.
Managing Director of GPW, Mark Parish, said:- "We are very
excited to be sponsors of the St Helens 10K Run 2012. A number of
staff from GPW took part in last year’s run and really enjoyed it.
There was a great sense of accomplishment and team spirit, and it's
a great opportunity to get motivated do something different outside
of the working environment that can also contribute to a healthier
lifestyle. Steve Prescott is truly inspirational. His on going
battle against cancer and his amazing positive mental attitude sets
him apart from most - I do not know where he gets his energy from!
It is an honour to be working with the Steve Prescott foundation and
we will pull out all the stops to ensure next year’s run is a
With the new St Helens RFC Stadium opening in 2012 it’s a fitting
venue for the St Helens 10k Run to start and finish, as people get
to run into and out of the stadium adding to the overall experience.
Eamonn McManus, Saints Chairman, said:- “St Helens RFC are
delighted that the Steve Prescott Foundation have chosen the new
Saints Stadium to stage the GPW Legal Services St Helens 10k Run.
The run will integrate the community of St Helens and our new
stadium will be a perfect amphitheatre for all the athletes and
spectators. It will provide them with a thrilling climax to the
challenging 10k course. All Saints staff and players are excited
about the event and many have already agreed to take part and raise
funds for the Saints Foundation.”
Leader of St.Helens Council, Marie Rimmer was delighted to support
the launch of the event, saying:- "Steve is an inspiration to
us all and his Foundation raises thousands for very worthy causes.
His dedication to helping others is a real motivation to others and
I hope that as many people as possible will support the run."
The New Tesco Extra Store, which has recently opened next to the new
Saints Stadium, will also be providing valuable assistance to the
Glyn Heppenstall, Tesco Store Manager, said:- “Tesco St Helens
Extra is really excited to be one of the key sponsors of the St
Helens 10k run which raises thousands of pounds for good causes.
This will be the first time the race will finish the new stadium
next to our new store. We are proud to pledge the £2,000 as well as
giving every participant a bottle of water and a t-shirt on the day.
During the build-up to the big race we will be hosting signing-up
days here in our new store.”
Every Runner will receive a free t-shirt and medal plus DW Sports
Fitness & Domino’s Pizza are providing excellent incentives for all
As well as being able to raise money for the Steve Prescott
Foundation, five other local charities will benefit from the run.
Willowbrook Hospice, Tunza’s Pride, Honeyrose Foundation, Andy Reids
Soldiers Charity plus the Saints Foundation, who have provided an
incredible conveyor belt of talent over the past decade, will all
benefit from 2012’s 10k run. To enter and keep up to date with the 10k run please
contact Martin Blondel on:- 07971 792859.
Liverpool Biennial Director Lewis Biggs OBE, joins FACT Board
FACT is delighted to
announce the appointment of Lewis Biggs, OBE to the FACT Board of
Trustees. Biggs, who resigned from his post as Director/CEO of
Liverpool Biennial in May, brings with him a wealth of experience in
curation, arts management and policy. In June 2011 he was awarded an
OBE for services to the arts, and became a Citizen of Honour of the
City of Liverpool. Under Biggs’ leadership, Liverpool Biennial (‘the
UK’s Biennial’) gained an international reputation for pioneering a
programme of newly commissioned works, in particular world-renowned
pieces for the public realm including Antony Gormley’s Another
Place, Jaume Plensa’s Dream and Richard Wilson’s Turning the Place
Over. As Director of Tate Liverpool from 1990 to 2000, Biggs
initiated a programme that introduced contemporary British and
international art to new audiences nationally and especially in the
North of England. It included groundbreaking exhibitions of art from
Japan, Korea, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa and its structure
was influential on the programme adopted by Tate Modern when it
opened in London in 2000.
Chair of the FACT Board Sarah
Fisher said:- “Over the last decade I have witnessed Lewis’s
vision and achievements inspire profound interest and enjoyment from
arts leaders and Liverpool communities alike. Over this period FACT
has been a keen partner in delivering the Liverpool Biennial. Going
forward with Lewis Biggs on FACT Board and Mike Stubbs as CEO I can
only envisage our international profile and community collaborations
going from strength to strength.”
Commenting on his FACT appointment Biggs said:- “I've seen
FACT grow since my first collaboration with Video Positive in 1989,
and I know it as a very special and creative organisation. So now
I'm really delighted to have been invited to join the Board. My
freelance activities require me to travel outside the UK a good
deal, and I aim to continue to play a role in promoting Liverpool,
its Universities and arts organisations internationally. I look
forward to contributing to FACT's success in whatever way I can.”
Biggs is currently working as a freelance curator, writer and
consultant on various projects and contracts including editing the
Tate Modern Artists series and as International Advisor to Rockbound
Art Gallery, Shanghai. He is a Visiting Professor of
Contemporary Art at Liverpool Art School, plus he was awarded an
Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University in 1998) and
Honorary Professor at Glasgow University (Art School.) Biggs takes
up his role from November 2011, and joins a dedicated team of
Trustees that include FACT’s recently appointed Chair Sarah Fisher
who joined the organisation in 2010.
Family take up challenge in fight
against muscle disease
AN uncle and niece team
have pushed themselves to the limit for charity, him running 26
miles and her jumping out of an aeroplane respectively to raise cash
for their favourite cause. Brian Wilson, proprietor of Crosby
based Delicatessen Gillions, and his niece Natalie Spencer who is a
teacher at Calderstones Secondary School in Liverpool, hatched the
brave plan to raise much-needed money for a charity close to their
hearts, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Brian took to the
streets of Liverpool on 9 October 2011, to run the Liverpool
Marathon and raised £930 in the process. While Natalie had already
taken to the skies to do a parachute jump on 1 September 2011, which
raised £650 in sponsorship. Brian said:- “It was a great
pleasure to run the Liverpool marathon to help raise funds for the
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign which does vital work to help people
living with muscle disease. I would like to pay tribute to all of
the friends and customers of Gillions of Crosby who have sponsored
me. The last few miles of the marathon were definitely hard work but
knowing how much support I had was what kept me going to the finish
Natalie, who has a sister with muscular dystrophy, was also grateful
for the support she received. She said:- “I originally
intended to do the parachute jump earlier in the year but due to bad
weather it was postponed on four separate occasions. It was such a
thrill to eventually do the jump and I would like to thank everyone
that supported me. I know the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is looking
to get 100 people doing a parachute jump on 29 February 2011, next
year so I would encourage everyone to consider signing up. It’s the
best thing I have ever done.”
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the leading UK charity focusing
on muscle-wasting disease. It has pioneered the search for
treatments and cures for more than 50 years, and is dedicated to
improving the lives of all children and adults affected by muscle
disease. We fund world class research to find effective
treatments and cures; provide practical information, advice and
emotional support for individuals, their families and carers;
campaign to raise awareness and bring about change; award grants
towards the cost of specialist equipment; and provide specialist
education and development for health professionals.
If you would like to take part in
the ‘100 in 1 Day’ parachute jump next February, or do
any other type of fundraising please contact the Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign Regional Office on:- 01244 536551 or via