Charity partner revealed for the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10K
Organisers of the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k and fun run are excited to announce the race’s first charity partner.
The Health Tree Foundation, the charity of Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, will receive a pound from every race entry to support their work.
Twenty 10k race places have also been allocated to the Health Tree Foundation for people who pledge to raise sponsorship for the local cause.
Charity mascot Scrubs the Bear will be visiting schools in North East Lincolnshire next month to encourage children to sign up for the fun run and enter their drawings in a fun run poster competition.
Lauren Alexander, Community Champion for The Health Tree Foundation , said: “We are delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the first charity partner for the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10K and fun run.
“Many people from Grimsby and the surrounding areas will have to visit Grimsby hospital at some point in their lives either as a patient or to visit a loved one.
“All money raised from the Grimsby 10k is going to be put towards our latest A&E 999 Appeal.
“A number of wishes have been submitted including request to give the family room and it’s courtyard a face lift along with toys for the children’s waiting area.”
Race headline sponsor DONG Energy is joining the Health Tree Foundation in putting the message out to local schools about the fun run.
Jason Ledden, construction project manager for Race Bank at DONG Energy, said: “The Great Grimsby 10K is a great initiative which inspires people of all ages to get fit and stay active, and we encourage all to get involved no matter what their level of fitness.
“On behalf of DONG Energy, and also from a personal perspective, we’re proud to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.
“The Health Tree Foundation provides an invaluable service that has changed the lives of the many people it has worked with. The majority of entrants to the race will be local so it’s brilliant that the funds raised will have a direct impact locally.”
The Health Tree Foundation grants wishes which have been requested by families, patients and staff to enhance the services at Northern Lincolnshire NHS Foundation Trust’s three hospitals – Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole.
Wishes can vary from specialist equipment like portable machines to help locate veins beneath the skin’s surface to allow quick and less painful insertion of needles during chemotherapy, through to a noiseless plaster saw which is more child friendly and more comfortable waiting room chairs.
Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “The DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k is growing all the time and it’s wonderful to think that everyone who enters the race is supporting such a worthwhile cause.
“Last year’s event was spectacular and did the town proud, I can’t wait for this year’s race.”
Race directors Neil and Nicola Pattison added: “We’re so lucky to have the Health Tree Foundation as our partner.
“Since its inception, the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k has been a team effort with everyone from sponsors, volunteers and supporters doing their bit to give the town a road race it deserves.
“Now that team is growing and the Health Tree Foundation will bring an added dimension through the tremendous work they do for the community.”
The second DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k and fun run takes place on Sunday 30 July 2017.
Enter now at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £13 for the 10k (£11 for affiliated running club members) and only £5 for the 2km fun run.
As well as the race there’s an arts festival at the finish line in People’s Park staged by The Culture House plus lots of sporting activities courtesy of Lincs Inspire.
As well as the website www.greatgrimsby10k.com, there are three social media accounts for the race where people are being encourage to share stories and photos using #GY10K, these are: