A new initiative could see five Merseyside charities benefit to the tune of thousands of pounds. BTR Liverpool, the leading running event organiser, has launched its BTR Footsteps Fundraisers scheme which involves popular local charities - Radio City’s Cash For Kids, Claire House Children’s Hospice, Everton in the Community, Jospice and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
The first event in the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers campaign is the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash, on Sunday (7 December). This is also the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest fun run. The series continues in March with the Vitality Liverpool Half Marathon and includes Port Sunlight 10K/5K/1K, Mersey Tunnel 10K, Tour Of Merseyside and Wirral Half Marathon 10K/5K in the course of 2015.
Runners taking part in specific BTR events will be invited to support the partnership by making a donation or raising funds for the BTR Footsteps Fundraisers. At the end of the year, all monies raised will be split equally between the five charities to help them continue their vital work.
BTR Liverpool will actively support and promote the five charities throughout the year. The charities in turn have been invited to each BTR race event to support those running and raising funds.
BTR race director Alan Rothwell is delighted to be involved in another project that will provide real community benefits: “BTR Footsteps Fundraisers is an exciting and important partnership. Many people choose fundraising as their motivation to participate in a running event. It could be their first ever fun run or an endurance challenge that takes them out of their comfort zone. But all runners who are fundraising have a common goal, and that’s to do themselves and their charities proud.
“There are so many worthwhile causes out there and people can find it difficult to choose just one charity to support. We feel that a partnership of five official charities will maximise people’s efforts and enable those much-needed funds to reach more people who need that extra support. Each charity has a specific focus and collectively they feel that being part of BTR Footsteps Fundraisers will strengthen their appeal within the running community."
BTR Footsteps Fundraisers sponsor forms are available from the BTR Liverpool office at 23 Hatton Garden in Liverpool city centre. Alternatively, supporters can set up their own online fundraising page at Everyday Hero. There are a number of options available – one-off donation; start a fundraising page for an individual race starting with the BTR Liverpool Santa Dash; or to fundraise for the duration of the 12-month campaign.
More details can be found at the Everyday Hero website. The big Merseyside race schedule is available at the BTRLiverpool website.