The Run Sunderland Festival has confirmed that St. Benedict’s Hospice will be the event’s official charity partner for 2017 and 2018. Everyone who signs up for this year’s Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K is being offered the opportunity to join the St. Benedict’s team of runners, as well as the option to make a donation to the Sunderland based charity when entering. As an official partner, St. Benedict’s already has 50 guaranteed places on the races, but many more participants are expected to run for the charity on Sunday 7 May.
For a second year, the Run Sunderland races are being sponsored by Siglion, the development partnership which is carrying out major regeneration projects on the Vaux site and at other locationsin the city. As in 2016, the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K will showcase Keel Square, a site that has become a symbol of the city’s renewal and regeneration. The events are being organised by Events of the North, in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Active Sunderland.
St Benedict’s Hospice was founded in 1984 and is the longest established hospice in the North East. Initially based at the Havelock Hospital in Sunderland and then Monkwearmouth Hospital, St. Benedict’s moved to a new purpose built hospice in Ryhope four years ago. St Benedict’s is an NHS funded unit, part of South Tyneside Foundation Trust, so care provision is provided through the NHS, supported by the charity arm. The charity raises money to provide direct patient care and the money it spends improves, enhances and expands the provision offered. This enables the hospice to provide the very best of patient care, equipment and facilities.St Benedict’s covers the whole of the Wearside area including Washington, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, along with East Durham areas down to Peterlee.
Run Sunderland founder and event director Steve Cram comments:
“We feel that it’s really important to use our events to support local charities and St. Benedict’s Hospice is a very deserving organisation that has touched the lives of many people on Wearside and in East Durham, where a large number of our runners live. The hospice has always booked charity places on the Sunderland events in the past, so we’re delighted to be able to build on the relationship, starting with this year’s Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K. We will be working closely with the team at St. Benedict’s to maximise the event’s fundraising potential, and we hope that this partnership helps the hospice to find new supporters to assist with the wonderful work that it does.”
Catrina Flynn, fundraising manager at St. Benedict’s, adds:
“We are honoured to be the official charity partner for the next two years for the Siglion Sunderland City 10k and Sunderland City Half Marathon and look forward to working with Steve, Allison and the whole team at Events of the North. It really is a great thing for us – the Run Sunderland Festival is fast growing into a popular and well respected race event taking in Sunderland’s coastal, countryside and city vistas. As a very local and well respected charity that serves the people of Wearside and East Durham, we are delighted to be associated with an event that promotes Sunderland and encourages people to come to the city.”