13 Mar

Late Call For Barry's Manchester Marathon Team

Emmerdale stars Tony Audenshaw, Liam Fox and Laura Norton with Barry's Project 150 tshirt

Ace fundraiser Barry Thompson is hoping to reach a dazzling total of £150,000 at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 6 April.  The Stockport-based insurance broker has already signed-up 176 marathon participants in support of the Barry Project 150 campaign and raised over £135,000.

Barry's Project 150 will fund a specialist facility at the new young oncology unit at Manchester's The Christie, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe. Barry has been a generous supporter of The Christie since his wife Chris was successfully treated there. Now an ambassador of the young oncology unit, Barry has been fundraising tirelessly throughout 2013 to ensure he hits his target. He said: "After meeting some of the young patients and hearing that a new, state-of-the-art development was being planned to improve their treatment and care at The Christie, we were immediately inspired to help."

Barry Thompson has recruited runners of all levels to be part of the Barry’s Project 150 campaign, including Dave Norman, winner of the ASICS Manchester Marathon in 2012 and 2013, and Andi Jones who came second in last year’s race. Tony Audenshaw, Liam Fox and Laura Norton who play Bob Hope, Dan Spencer and Kerry Wyatt in the popular TV soap Emmerdale have also pledged their support (pictured above), with Tony running the full marathon and Liam and Laura taking on the Half/Half challenge.

There are some places left on the team, if you would like to get involved icontact Mary McLaughlin, corporate fundraising coordinator at The Christie charity on 0161 918 7398 or email mary.mclaughlin@christie.co.uk.

Marathon Mania poster

On the day before the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, ‘Marathon Mania’ has also been organised in aid of Barry’s Project 150 at the Z-Arts Theatre in Hulme (Saturday 5 April, 4.00 - 6.00pm), with 90% of the ticket price going to Barry’s project to fund the new facility at The Christie’s young oncology unit. The evening is hosted by TV actor Tony Audenshaw and Marathon Talk presenters Martin Yelling and Tom Williams and includes training tips, interviews, a Q&A session and lots of treats for anyone who loves running. Click on poster to see full details.

Tickets to Marathon Mania are available online at the Z-Arts Theatre and cost £13.10 or £26.20.