A TEAM of 11 runners from Stafford is set to complete a 40-mile “Run2Brum” challenge in three days in a bid to raise over £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The group is composed of family and friends of a seriously-ill young local boy who has been supported by the hospital and in particular Ward 15.
They will set off from Market Square, in Stafford on October 18 and run to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in two days before joining 18,000 runners at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run to make a total of 40 miles in three days.
The Post House in Stafford is supporting the group and will hold a gala dinner tomorrow before they set off on October 18.
Each runner has a target to raise £500 each which they all expect to reach - bringing the target of £10,000 into their sights.
Stafford Rangers Social Club helped the fund-raising by organising a Run2Brum quiz fund-raiser which raised more than £1,000.
The group ranges in age from runners in their 20s to Francesco Dellicompagni who is 65.
Ben Dellicompagni said: “We want to show our appreciation to the hospital and the work they do. Our aim is to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal at BCH.
"When we were at Birmingham Children’s Hospital it was suprising how many children’s par- ents we met who were also from the Stafford area.
“More and more children are being referred there so it is a very worthy cause. Our training is going well and we all expect to complete the challenge barring injury.”
For more information or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/run2brum.
The runners are, Neil Summers, Ben Dellicompagni, Yogesh Parmar, Kirsty Usadel, Cyrus Satongar, Andy Kempshall, Francesco Dellicompagni, Dave Faragher, Mark Segrove, Phil Mcvay and Helen Morris.