Over 150 runners from international law firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) – including families, friends and clients – took to the streets of Manchester on 14 April to raise money to make a difference to patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Inspiration for the event came from BLG’s Head of Facilities UK, Pam McKay, who is based in the firm’s Manchester office. Pam’s daughter Dolly is suffering from severe aplastic anaemia, and has been treated at the Manchester Royal Infirmary while awaiting a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Bone marrow transplant patients have to be kept in isolation, with little or no contact with family and friends, often for months at a time. The aim of the event was to raise £10,000 to buy multimedia equipment to help patients communicate with the outside world while undergoing treatment.
Setting off from BLG’s offices on Brown Street, the 10k route took the runners past many Manchester landmarks, before ending at KRO2 Bar on Oxford Road where the organisers held a fundraising raffle and auction. The raffle and auction included many prizes donated by local businesses, and signed memorabilia from Manchester City FC, Ricky Hatton and Paula Radcliffe.
Pam McKay said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the way BLG staff, their friends, clients, and local businesses in Manchester have pulled together to help raise money for this great cause. It’s heartbreaking to see very sick people in hospital unable to interact with their loved ones. Hopefully the money raised will go some way towards making their lives more comfortable.”
Barbara Corke, Staff Nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who took part in the event and hope they had a fun and fantastic time whilst raising money to support the CALLM fund at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Their support will help us to make a difficult time a bit easier for patients on Ward 44 by providing laptops and mobile phones so that our patients, who are often very ill and in isolation, can keep in contact with their family and friends.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor can still do so at: http://www.justgiving.com/DollyJones1