Charities will yet again benefit from this year’s Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K.
The much-loved event is more than a road race. It brings the community together to raise thousands of pounds for charity and provides a wealth of volunteering opportunities.
In 2019, the race helped raise £18,500 directly for seven charities from race entries, fundraiser places and other initiatives.
This year’s seven charities are:
Opening its doors in 1996, Harbour Place aims to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In 2011, the charity started operating an Outreach team which works closely with rough sleepers, building relationships and trust to form a base that allows positive change to happen. Harbour Place also has a night shelter, operating 365 days a year.
Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.
St Andrew’s Hospice
St Andrew’s Hospice provides free compassionate care and support to people of all ages who are affected by a life-limiting or terminal condition.
They offer overnight stays and respite, symptom control, rehabilitation and end of life care, as well as other services such as counselling, physiotherapy and bereavement support. As well as nursing and medical care, St Andrew’s Hospice offer practical advice, emotional support and a comprehensive wellbeing programme.
The Health Tree Foundation
The Health Tree Foundation works in partnership with the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, providing hospital and community services across North and North East Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The RNLI is a charity of volunteers who save lives at sea. Powered primarily by donations, their search and rescue service has been saving lives for nearly 200 years.
Blue Lights Brigade
The Blue Lights Brigade charity offers volunteering opportunities. They originally set up as a volunteering agency offering volunteer response support in emergencies and crisis situations, taking on ex-forces and emergency service staff as their volunteers. They now have volunteers from the wider community too. They played a vital role in helping people in North East Lincolnshire when the pandemic hit, particularly with shielding hubs.
A Platform To Talk
A Platform To Talk is a local community Facebook group that has been set up by local people to provide a platform for people to talk, seek help and gain advice for mental health issues. They will donate their share of the charity funds to the local Samaritans while they await full charitable status.
Each of the seven charities has been given a stretch of the race to marshal and will be staffing it with their own volunteers.
A pound from every race entry will be put into a pot and shared among the seven charity partners. They are also given charity places in the race for people who’d like to take part and raise money. Please contact one of the charities listed if you are interested.
The race will take place on Sunday 18 July 2021, with staggered start times between 9am and 11am.
Lauren Little, stakeholder advisor at Ørsted, said: “Our charity partners are all working hard to make a positive impact to the community. After an incredibly tough year, it’s really important that we give them the support they deserve so they can continue to help make a difference in the lives of local people.”
Neil and Nicola Pattison, race directors from Tape2Tape, said: “We’re delighted this great event can support so many local charities and community groups. We wanted this event to be more than just a race, and with the support of so many, we have achieved this.”
If you would like to volunteer to help out and marshal the race, visit https://tape2tape.co.uk/volunteer/
Photographers are also welcomed to capture the runners along their 10K route. If you’d like to volunteer as a photographer, email [email protected].
Any local businesses who would like to support the event in some way can get in touch by emailing [email protected].
This year’s race is being sponsored by Ørsted, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s, NAVIGO, ENGIE, North East Lincolnshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group, Dalkia, St Hugh’s Hospital, Freshney Place, Jembuild and Lincolnshire Co-op.
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