Ollie takes on the Manchester Marathon for his Auntie Rita

Graphic designer Ollie Wynn will honour the memory of his late auntie Rita Joyce when he takes part in the Asics Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 5.

By News Team on February 4, 2020

Rita Joyce with (from left) Dominic Wynn, Sean and Sarah Heneghan, Matt O'Brien and Ollie Wynn

Ollie, from Monton, has joined the St Ann’s Hospice team for the event as a thank you for caring for Rita (78) before she died of cancer 18 months ago.

It will be Ollie’s first marathon after he ran a 10k in his home city and a 5k race in New York.

I'm running for St Ann's because I want to help them continue their amazing work. The hospice looked after my auntie and supported our family so brilliantly in her final weeks. She was a fabulous woman as anyone who knew her would agree and was loved by everyone. She was a huge character and had a cheeky sense of humour that could light up any room. The hospice relies on charitable donations to keep its doors open and St Ann's needs to raise £20,000 a day to continue to provide the care and support so many patients and families need. Ollie Wynn

To sponsor Ollie visit justgiving.com/fundraising/olliewynn

The 2020 course has a new route with a three-mile city centre loop with the finish line at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.

Entry is free for runners pledging to raise £300 for St Ann’s – the amount which could pay for a patient to attend a day therapy session at the hospice.

Perks as a Team St Ann’s member include a #TeamStAnns running vest; fundraising pack; training and nutrition advice; a cheer point along the route; regular meet-ups; post-race reception and an events team supporting runners every step of the way.

Runners with their own place have no minimum sponsorship.  For more details or to join Team St Ann’s for another challenge this year, email events@sah.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631.

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