Striding out in force for Overgate

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Runners strode out in force to take part in the Overgate Hospice 5 and 10k Challenge.

More than 500 runners were overseen by over 80 volunteers for the event on April 17, who turned out in perfect weather conditions to help to put the event together and without them the event simply could not have gone ahead.

Several nurses from the hospice were also present on the day and handed medals out as runners crossed the finish line.

The 10k race was won by Joseph Crossfiled, with Harry Stevens coming in at the front of the 5k runners. Both are members of the Halifax Harriers Running Club.

Caravan Guard returned as the event sponsor and brought a team of four along to take part. Craig Thompson, marketing director, said: “We’re hugely proud to sponsor such a well-planned and supported event.

“What was highly noticeable was the camaraderie amongst all participants, organisers and those spectators who lined the route.

“We’d like to thank all those involved for making it such a special day and most importantly raising some very valuable funds for the hospice.”

Event fundraiser Rebecca Gill said; “We would like to extend a massive thank you to all who took part, including several of our team members from the Hospice.

“Sponsorship is still coming in but we hope to raise upwards of £20,000 for the hospice which will go a long way to help us care for those suffering from life-limiting illnesses.”

Sponsorship can be handed in at the hospice, any of the Overgate shops or by calling 01422 387121.

Overgate Hospice was founded in 1981 and provides specialist palliative care for adults suffering from progressive, life-limiting illnesses.

It is the only adult hospice in the Calderdale area.

The hospice costs £3.5 million to run each year and has an active fundraising programme to generate the £6,800 needed each day to meet their costs.

Since opening, Overgate Hospice have cared for more than 7,000 patients and their families.

Of every £1 donated, 85p is spent on direct patient care.