The Sale Harriers Sizzlers, which is a popular annual running series attracting hundreds of runners each year, has raised around £7,000 this year thanks to its generous participants and organisers.
The series has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice over the years, with bucket collections and other fundraising activities, but this year organisers decided to also add a special fifth raise to raise even more.
The Sale Harriers Neil Cliffe 5K saw hundreds of people hit the course in Wythenshawe Park, with all proceeds donated to the hospice.
Neil Cliffe was one of my closest friends and had been since his inspirational fundraising days of the mid-1980s and 90s. His fundraising ultimately built the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital that today is part of St Ann's Hospice’s wonderful work and it has been an honour and delight to promote this race on the first anniversary of his death and on the golden jubilee of St Ann's Hospice too. Fechin McCormick, Race Director
The Sale Harriers team and organiser Fechin McCormick are amazing in their continued support of the hospice and we’re hugely grateful to them, and to all the runners for raising such a fantastic amount for our patients. The events are so inclusive, with experienced runners taking part alongside beginners, and there were quite a few people wearing fancy dress too in honour of St Ann’s 50th anniversary. It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but it’s really heart-warming to see people coming together in this way to help raise funds to ensure we can continue caring for patients and those closest to them. Big thanks to everyone involved. We really do appreciate it. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann’s