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Charities join together for colourful summer

Members of Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group (HSNSG) have booked their places in the fifth annual Colour Run, organised by Alice House Hospice and which takes place on 22 June.  The sponsored 5km fun run takes runners along Seaton Carew promenade, amidst a shower of multi-coloured powdered paint.

Founding member and Manager of the group Pat Allison’s sons, Jamie and Andrew are both taking part; Jamie volunteers for HSNSG and his older brother Andrew, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, is a member of the group   They are both are well known for taking part in events together with Jamie running and Andrew in his wheelchair. The pair have taken part in the Great North Run and competed for a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest half marathon time whilst pushing an adult in a wheelchair.

Jamie and Andrew are joined by other friends and members of the group Mikey and Leanne, Adam, Ami, Emma, Esmae and Elspeth in the Colour Run 2019.   Mikey is using the Hospice Colour Run to form part of his training for the Great North Run; he has not run in an organised event before and is excited for the Colour Run.

Jamie said of the challenge “We are all very excited to be running the Hospice Colour Run 2019 and I think running is a great way to raise awareness for both HSNSG and the Hospice. We thank Alice House for being fully inclusive with their run and look forward to seeing everyone on the day.”

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at Alice House commented “We are really pleased to have the support of HSNSG at this year’s event. We are always very happy to have links with other organisations doing great work for local people. Jamie and Andrew always attract a lot of attention and I hope that they have a great time on the day. I also hope that their involvement helps to raise awareness for their work as well as our own.”

The event is to raise funds to provide care and support to local families affected by incurable illnesses and is now in its fifth year; since it began, The Colour Run has generated over £40,000 for hospice care.

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, based in Park Road are a charity providing support for children and young people with disabilities. The group works to give its members an enhanced quality of life, whilst offering positive and confidence-building experiences.

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