Altrincham VS Cancer
The local fund raising event , Altrincham VS Cancer, has been named as one of the most successful fundraisers in March by JustGiving - the global online social platform for giving. Out of 35 941 fundraisers, Altrincham VS Cancer was in the top 3% of fundraisers last month!
Altrincham vs Cancer is an annual fundraiser during which 28 businesses and community groups take to the treadmills of Pure Gym - each running 5k in the fastest time possible to run a combined 140k. This amazing effort has raised over £10 000 over the past four years for The Christie, raising £2180 this year alone.
Altrincham VS Cancer was set up in 2014 by Alex McCann of Altrincham HQ in collaboration with Pure Gym Altrincham and has become a key event in the Altrincham fundraising calendar. The event has become a real community affair as organiser Alex McCann explains;
"Each year we have a core of businesses that get involved and want to raise as much money as possible for The Christie whilst working on self-improvement. There's a real competitive edge each year and the health benefits are massive for the participants from the practice runs through to the actual event. In the 4 years we've been organising this we've seen runners shave 10 minutes off their times and our fastest runner this year, Dan Martell, managed to complete his run in an outstanding 17 minutes 22 seconds!”
Altrincham vs Cancer is also a chance to welcome new Altrincham businesses to town and encourage them to get involved in the local community. This year Burrito Picante, The Cheshire Tap, Eat Kaizen, Smart Storage NW and Sugar Junction all got involved.
However, Alex is keen to emphasise that the goal is always to raise as much money as possible for The Christie. Alex was inspired to set up the event after a close friend’s family was affected by cancer and was treated at the Manchester hospital. So many of us are affected either directly or indirectly by cancer and Alex comments,
“Every single runner involved in the event has their own story and their own reason for getting involved. The fight against cancer is an important one and I hope that the impact of Altrincham VS Cancer is not just the money we raise at this event each year - but that it encourages other local businesses and individuals to fundraise for The Christie as well"
To donate to Altrincham VS Cancer please visit the Justgiving page here .
The great photograph of the participants is by local photographer Graham Douglas.