Great Manchester Run goes extra mile with clothing for charities

L-R: Hannah Saunders from St Ann’s with Alan Hewitson and Steve Best from Barnabus and some of the clothes collected at the run.

Items of clothing discarded by participants at the recent Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run have benefited two local charities.

Volunteers from St Ann’s Hospice went the extra mile by collecting clothes left at the start of the half-marathon and 10km run with the help of Heaton Mersey based removal company Movers Transport.

Some items were kept for sale in the charity’s 14 shops, with the remainder being donated to another good cause, Barnabus, which helps local homeless people in Manchester.

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s, said: “As a Manchester charity we were really pleased to work with The Great Run Company in this way, and even more delighted to be able to support another local organisation too.

“It’s great to know that any items of clothes that we would be unable to sell in our shops will be passed on to the homeless communities that the Barnabus team supports. Collaboration, for the good of all our communities, is in our DNA.”

Carol Price Head of Fundraising and Development from Barnabus Manchester, added: “We’re so blessed to have been chosen by St Ann’s to receive this generous donation of clothes to help the homeless in Manchester and would like to thank everyone who came together to make this possible.

“Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity and we’ve been providing a lifeline to the homeless in Manchester for over 25 years. We’re not government funded and rely on generous donations to support our work.”


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