Press Report: Club channels race refunds to NHS

WEST CHESHIRE ATHLETIC CLUB has contributed towards Upton High School’s work to help key National Health Service workers.

The Chester and Ellesmere Port organisation has made a donation to the school following the cancellation of last month’s scheduled Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The Club asked entrants after the race cancellation if they wanted to decline their partial refund in order to support club funds and provide a donation to Upton High School funds.

The Club was delighted that a large proportion of entrants declined the refund and the Club was able to offer a donation to Upton High School.

Club race director, Ellie Robinson, said: “I’ve just had a very grateful email from the head teacher. Their design and technology department is currently working to fabricate much needed face visors for key NHS workers. They will be putting our donation towards buying more materials for that.”

MEANWHILE, West Cheshire AC member, Michael Young, has raised more than Β£1,700 for the National Health Service on his 33rd birthday.

Michael ran 69 miles on a treadmill and was delighted to pass the fundraising target he had set.

“Finished in just under 12 hours. Thanks for all the support everyone!” Michael said.

“We’ve done brilliantly. Passed the fundraising target and raised over Β£1.5k.

“Thank you so much for all the donations. Further ones welcome at:

“This national campaign, endorsed by NHS England, acknowledges and supports all NHS staff and volunteers who are looking after those affected by coronavirus. In these difficult times, it gives us all as individuals, groups and organisations the chance to show we care and to make a difference.

“Funds generated will be granted to member NHS Charities supporting the health and emotional well-being of those at the frontl-ine of the NHS, so they can deliver the best care possible to coronavirus patients.

β€œThe grants will cover above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, such as well-being packs, accommodation, travel, parking and volunteer expenses. Supporting the longer term mental and rehabilitation of NHS staff, volunteers, patients and carers after the pandemic is over. Supporting NHS patients to leave hospital quickly and safely and to remain or stay out of hospital.”

ENTRIES are now open for the 2021 Chester Ultra Marathon being held from Waverton Village Hall, on Saturday, February 27. The 50 miles race will start at 6am and entry details can be found at: 

Posted by Dave Alexander
4th May 2020

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