Fun Run aims to raise funds for charitable foundation

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Plans are in hand for a Fun Run on the Bathurst Estate, Cirencester Park this summer in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for the St. James’s Place Foundation.

The Foundation is a successful grant making charity that gives vital funds to charities registered in the UK and whose main focus is make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and young people who have been challenged by illness, disability and disadvantage both here in the UK and overseas.

The event on Saturday 14 June is being organised by St. James’s Place’s Business Assurance manager Andrew Hughes and Ollie Wakefield, head coach of the Cirencester-based “Running Somewhere Else Athletics Club”. It forms part of a special “Foundation Fortnight” being organised by St. James’s Place throughout the UK.

Andrew said: “The 10km event is open to all-comers and will involve one circuit of the leisure area of Cirencester Park, through wooded trails. It’s open to serious runners as well as people who just want to enter for fun.

“There will be entertainment, refreshments and a family fete in the afternoon following the run, also organised by St. James’s Place. We are aiming to raise £10,000 from the Fun Run, with St. James’s Place matching every £1 raised.”

Athletes from running clubs all over the region will be invited to take part. The entry fee for an affiliated athletics club member is £7.00, while for non-affiliated members, the fee is £9.00. Entry forms for the Fun Run are available from or by ringing 01285 878342.

The St. James’s Place Foundation was established in 1992, and in the last few years well over £2 million has been raised annually through its community. Last year alone, a record £2,450,000 was raised.

Nearly 80% of St. James’s Place staff and members of the Partnership make regular contributions to the Foundation via a monthly covenant.

In 17 years, the Foundation has raised more than £15 million, and distributed the majority of those funds to more than 700 charities, with grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to in excess of £1,000,000.

Source: Parabola Communications

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