Overgate Hospice has been given a cash boost from a marathon fund-raising effort in Leeds.
This year’s Leeds half marathon - organised by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events rasied cash for Yorkshire hospices, including the Elland hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.
Organisers at For All Events this week announced the total raised was £150,000 - far outstripping the £30,000 raised in previous years.
Along with the hospices, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities, also received a huge boost – as well as many other charities chosen by runners.
Events director Sara Birkinshaw said: “This year we had the largest field of runners in the half marathon’s near-three decade history.
“It was a real spectacle to see all those hordes of people running through Leeds city centre. Better still, we now know just how much good they were doing – bringing in £150,000 of much-needed funds for local charities, which in these difficult times, need support more than ever.
Rebecca Gill, community fund-raiser for Overgate Hospice, said: “Overgate Hospice is thrilled to be a part of the Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon.
“The event proved to be a fantastic day in 2012 and helped us to work towards the £2.8million we need every year to continue to provide the high level of service we have become known for.
“We are looking forward to working towards making the 2013 event even more successful!”
Entries are now open for next year’s Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday May 12, 2013. Prices are currently £24 for affiliated runners and £26 for non-affiliated.
It will again raise money for Yorkshire hospices and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
To enter the Leeds Half Marathon go to www.forallevents.co.uk.