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Morgan Sindall goes extra mile to help children's hospice

Caring staff from Morgan Sindall have raised over £500 for a Wetherby children’s hospice after joining 10,000 people to take part in the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k Run.

Five employees from the Garforth-based firm showed their support for Martin House Children’s Hospice, which provides care for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Safety, health and environment manager Ray Bentley, site manager Steve Barrett, assistant site manager Mark Callaghan, special works manager David Smith and site administrator Joanne Gledhill, all put their best feet forward for the charity race, which began and ended in Leeds city centre, taking in many of its most famous landmarks along the way.

For one member of the team, the chosen cause was of special personal significance. Ray, 53, lost his brother Robert to myeloma – a type of bone marrow cancer – in March 2006 and his mother Mary to bowel cancer in August 2005. He believes it is vital to support charities like Martin House so they can continue to provide invaluable support to sufferers and their families.

“The effects of cancer on a family can be devastating,” says Ray. “I witnessed it myself with my brother’s young children, which is why I felt it was important to support a good charity like Martin House. I am not a keen runner and did not do very much training in preparation because I injured my back twice, but running 10km is nothing compared to what people have to put up with when they are ill.”

Ray, Steve, Mark, David and Joanne, all successfully completed the run, with David the first member of the team to cross the finish line, posting a time of 00:44:01.

Two days before the race, Steve plunged 15,000ft in a skydive to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.

“Everyone has been really generous with their donations and we’re all very grateful for the support we’ve received from friends, family and colleagues,” says Ray. “It’s really satisfying to know that the money we’ve raised will benefit such a worthwhile cause.”

The Leeds 10k Run was set up by the late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson, who raised £1.85 million through a series of challenges while battling terminal cancer. She died in 2007 but has left behind a lasting legacy which has prompted thousands of people put on their running shoes for charity.