Worcester Samaritans get on their marks for fundraising run…again
Organisers of the Worcester City Run have confirmed that this year’s official charity partner will be Worcester Samaritans for the second year in a row. In 2017, 53 runners tackled the Worcester City Half Marathon or 10K to support the charity. Their fundraising, plus money raised through an optional donation button on the run website, came to a total of over £18,000. Now, the Worcester Samaritans team is on the hunt for people to take part this year, when the races return to the city on Sunday 16 September.
Samaritan branches are totally self-funded, and all trained Samaritans are volunteers, offering round the clock emotional support to people in distress, by telephone, email, SMS text and face-to-face visits. Money raised at the 2017 Worcester City Run will be invested directly into the Worcester branch, helping the organisation to assist residents throughout Worcestershire. Worcester Samaritans hopes to field an even bigger team of fundraising runners at the event this year.
Meg Richards, director of the Worcester Samaritans, comments: “We were hugely grateful to everyone who made it possible to raise so much money last year - the runners, their families, their very generous sponsors, and the Samaritans team behind the scenes, who worked so hard both before the event and on the day.
“Now, we are determined to build on that success. Because it was such a brilliant day, we’re confident that plenty of runners will return and we’d love to welcome even more to the Worcester Samaritans team. They can get involved knowing that all of the money raised will be used to deliver vital services here in Worcester and the surrounding area.”
Worcester City Run founder and race director Steve Cram adds: “We were really impressed by the fundraising efforts of Worcester Samaritans last year and it was great to see so many runners in the charity’s distinctive green vest. It’s important to us that the Worcester City Run supports a local good cause like this, in a city that has embraced our event so warmly. Our team is looking forward to working with the Samaritans again as we build up to 16 September and we hope that they raise even more money in 2018.”