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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-23-06

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Former Liverpool legend urges locals to run for disabled charity

FORMER Liverpool and England star Alan Kennedy, is urging people in Merseyside to support a disabled children's charity by signing up for one of its charity places in the Great North Run. Kennedy, who won 5 1st Division titles, 4 League Cups and 2 European Cups during his Anfield career, says that by signing up for a Caudwell Children charity place runners will be supporting disabled children in the area. Caudwell Children is a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families in Liverpool. Funds raised through the run will allow Caudwell Children to provide a range of specialist equipment, therapies, treatments and activity days for disabled children across Merseyside, says Kennedy. As he explained:- "The things that they provide, like specialist wheelchairs, buggies, tricycles, car seats and a once in a lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida, aren't funded through statutory measures. The charity is filling a real gap in provision and without their help families would be left with no support. So for a deposit of just ₤30 you'll not only secure a place in the world's biggest ˝ marathon, on Sunday 10th September, 2017, you'll also be helping disabled children to get the help that they desperately need and deserve."

The Great North Run starts in Newcastle and the 13.1 mile course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge before passing the famous international athletics stadium in Gateshead. Runners will be spurred on by thousands of cheering supporters who will line the course, before they finish the race in the coastal Town, of South Shields.  Kennedy said that:- "There's a real carnival atmosphere around the event. There's live music, jugglers and street entertainers. It's a run that the whole family can enjoy so I would urge runners to sign up for one of the limited number of Caudwell Children charity places whilst they're still available."

With only 12 weeks to go before the event Liz Hurst, Events and Challenges Assistant at Caudwell Children, says that this may be the last chance for runners to secure a place. As she explained:- "More than 100,000 people applied for the 57,000 places for this year's run. Now in its 37th year it's firmly established as the world's favourite run with participants from 178 United Nations member states. The BBC coverage has made it a truly global event so this is a chance to be part of running history."

Liz says that Caudwell Children places allow runners to give more back to charity. She said:- "Our places are unique in that 100% of the money raised will go directly to the children that we support. There are no hidden administration costs; every last penny generated through the run is spent on the services that we provide to the children."

The fundraising target for each runner is ₤300 and Liz is confident that they will smash this target:- "We guarantee that a dedicated fundraiser will be allocated to each runner participating on Behalth of the charity. They will provide runners with a fundraising pack containing a selection of materials and tips that will help them in their efforts."

You can register for a Caudwell Children Charity place online.


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