Children’s charity Barnardo’s has been chosen as the official charity for next year’s Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k events.
Held on May 1, runners in both races will be encouraged to raise funds for Barnardo’s and everyone who enters online will have the option of making a one-off donation.
Over the last six years, runners in our events have consistently raised loads of money for good causes and I am sure that they will do that once again in 2016.Steve Cram
On the day, Barnardo’s supporters will line the route, cheering on runners and assisting with water station points around the course.
Founded in 1866, the charity believes it can bring out the very best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.
As one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, every year Barnardo’s works directly with 240,000 children, young people and families.
Nationally, the charity runs over 960 services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups.
Barnardo’s provides services for children and young people across the North East.
Steve Oversby, director of Barnardo’s in the region, said: “I would very much like to thank Events of the North for choosing Barnardo’s as official charity for the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K.
“I was really pleased to meet Steve Cram recently and I’m confident that our runners will raise much needed funds to help Barnardo’s support some of the North East’s most vulnerable children and young people.”
Steve Cram, founder of the Run Sunderland Festival, added: “For 150 years, Barnardo’s has been doing fantastic work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK.
“It’s a charity that commands enormous respect and we’re delighted to be able to offer the support of the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K.
“Over the last six years, runners in our events have consistently raised loads of money for good causes and I am sure that they will do that once again in 2016.”
Organisers expect around 4,000 people to take part across both races.
For more information and to book a place on one of them visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com.
For more information about Barnardo’s visit www.barnardos.org.uk.