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University and Snoezelen Runners Gear up for Half Marathon

A team of 25 staff and friends from the University of Worcester and City charity Worcester Snoezelen are getting ready to take part in this year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

The team signed up to complete the 13-mile half marathon after some gentle persuasion from the University’s Capital Projects Funding Manager, Mark Evans.

Mark ran the half marathon last year with two of the University’s security guards, Mark Kilburn and Steve Jones, who are running again this year, and managed to raise £1,300 for Acorns. However, this year Mark and his team have decided to support the University of Worcester’s Charity of the Year, the Worcester Snoezelen.

“We are delighted to be running for the Worcester Snoezelen in order to raise much-needed funding so that they can continue their hard work,” he said. “We’ve set a target of £1,000, but I hope to beat that.”

The Worcester Snoezelen is an independent charity which provides leisure and therapy facilities for people with disabilities. More than 450 people use the purpose-built, multi-sensory leisure facilities, which include a soft play room, a music studio, video room, Jacuzzi pool and sensory garden which can be used by people of all ages and of any disability.

Each year the charity struggles to find enough money to continue their inspirational services and this year is no exception, with a total of £70,000 to find.

The fundraising team includes Worcester Snoezelen’s 65-year-old chairman, Snoezelen staff, two volunteers and with two carers, and has already started training for the half-marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 23.

Jane Roberts, Project Manager of Worcester Snoezelen, said: “We are delighted that once again the University of Worcester is supporting our organisation. This sort of sponsored fundraising is invaluable to help us sustain Worcester Snoezelen activities and we wish everybody good luck on the day.”

The team has just set up a Just Giving website which will enable supporters to sponsor them by visiting www.justgiving.com/uni-snoezers and clicking Donate Now. Entries for the Bupa Great Birmingham Run are still open at www.greatrun.org/birmingham