CALL CENTRE staff have set themselves a grand charity target as they prepare for this year’s Sunderland City 10k.
Thirty people from Barclays Contact Centre, in Doxford Park, have signed up for the event.
They are hoping to raise more than £1,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, helped by the Barclays Matched Funding Scheme.
Christine Allenson, head of customer service at Barclays, said: “We are thrilled that so many staff decided to be part of this local annual event and raise money for this popular charity.
“Last year, staff here at our Doxford Park Centre raised more than £200,000 for charities, both local and national, and this year we are on track to beat that figure.”
Staff member Kieran Evenden, who organised the group which is tackling the race, said: “I wanted to do the Sunderland City 10K this year and when I told some of my colleagues, they suggested we get together and make it a team effort.
“Then someone suggested running for charity and things went on from there.”
Both the 10k and Marathon of the North events are expected to attract thousands of runners to Sunderland, with both routes taking in the city’s river and coastline, green parks and landmarks.
Former Olympic runner and organiser of the Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k Steve Cram said: “With a team of 30 tackling the 10k, the team at Barclays in Sunderland has clearly taken this to heart and I’m delighted that they’re using the event to raise money for such a great cause.
“I know that runners from different companies are signing up for the event, so look forward to seeing a big turnout from businesses.”
l The Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k will both be held on Sunday, May 6.
l To find out more go to www.marathonofthenorth.co.uk or www.sunderlandcity10k.com or follow @sunderland10k and @marathonofnorth on Twitter.
l For details on free training evenings with Sunderland Harriers visit www.sunderlandharriers.org.