Staff at Sale cleaning company get in mess for St Ann’s Hospice

Floorbrite staff are taking on the Obstacolour Run at Wythenshawe Park
Floorbrite staff are taking on the Obstacolour Run at Wythenshawe Park

Staff at a Sale cleaning company will happily get into a right mess at an Obstacolour Run in aid of St Ann’s Hospice.

The Floorbrite team will honour the memory of its founder Martin Wyers by taking part in the event at Wythenshawe Park on Sunday, March 19.

Martin was a patient at the hospice for six weeks before he died of bowel cancer in 2010, aged 61.

He set up the commercial cleaning and facilities service provider 45 years ago and the company now employs 1,300 people.

Daughter Nina, from Cheadle Hulme, will lead a 12-strong team from Floorbrite where she is marketing director.

Sons Gabriel (10) and Lucian (8) will join their mum in the 5km event which sees fun runners showered in colourful powder.

Martin’s wife Linda, chairman of Floorbrite, will be a spectator, always grateful for the support from St Ann’s.

Linda, from Hale, said: “St Ann’s did a wonderful job caring for Martin and we can’t thank them enough.

“I also received counselling from the hospice and I’d encourage anyone in a similar position to seek their specialist comfort and support because it helped me enormously.”

More than 2,000 people are expected to walk or jog the Obstacolour Run raising vital funds for the hospice. The first wave starts at 11 am and the coloured powder used is environmentally-friendly corn starch.

The message from St Ann’s to participants tackling inflatable obstacles, which are optional, is to ‘start in white and end up bright’.

Entry is £15 and £12 for groups of five or more. Child entry (aged 6-17) is £10 and under-5s are free.

To enter go to or call 0161 498 3631.