Wearsiders are being called on to come forward and help make sure this year’s festival of running in Sunderland goes without a hitch.
Organisers of the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k races are asking for volunteers to make themselves known as the event gets nearer.
The volunteering initiative is being backed by the Fourteen programme, based at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, in Newcastle.
Among those showing their support on Sunday, May 1, will be residents of Hendon and Ryhope, which are two of the 14 communities across the UK to benefit from a £3.5million legacy programme, from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Fourteen is funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country.
In Sunderland, Ryhope and Hendon have been selected to benefit from funding of at least £200,000 over three years, with matching funds of £160,000 from the Community Foundation and Sunderland City Council.
Sans Street Youth and Community Association is one organisation that has benefited from a grant.
It holds sport and wellbeing sessions, including developing a group of volunteers with mental health problems and additional support needs to work on its community allotment, through the Positive Impact Project East (Pipe).
Karen Daglish, principal advisor for Community Programmes at the Community Foundation, said: “Our vision of increasing the opportunities for people to volunteer, and the capacity of organisations to support volunteers, fits perfectly with the Run Sunderland 2016 festival.”
John Johnston, social inclusion worker at Sans Street – which is benefiting from Fourteen – and the lead worker on Pipe, said: “We want residents of Sunderland to be proud of our great city and support the Sunderland Run, as one of the region’s biggest running festivals.”
For help on how to volunteer, go to www.sunderlandcity10k.com/volunteers.