The Manchester Santa Dash is one of the biggest charity events of the festive season. Not only does it take part in Manchester, but across different cities around the whole of the UK. Hundreds of people get involved each and ever year, to raise money for their chosen charities. Here are just a few of the participants and their stories behind taking part.
Mary & Connor
Mary Clair and boyfriend Connor Flynn are both college students from Leigh, Greater Manchester. As keen athletes, Mary & Connor don’t shy away from much. Both Connor & Mary had been prepping for the 5K run for 2 months before the event.
When we asked Mary why they chose The Christie she said: “We chose Christies because both of Connor’s uncles have been helped by Christies. They have helped them to battle cancer and have been a great support to the family!”
“Without the exceptional care and support from the Christie Hospital, Connor’s uncles wouldn’t be able to live the lives they do now. Your donations are vital so the Christie Hospital can continue their marvelous life-saving work. “
Having been inspired by the work of The Christie, this was the first charity event Connor has taken part in. However, Mary has taken part in a huge number of fundraisers since being in school, collecting over £1,000 for charities such as Cancer Research after participating in three 5K runs. Mary is also doing further fundraising for The Cristie and Macmillan Cancer Support at the beginning of January.
To support Mary & Connor in their fundraising for the Christie, find their just giving page here.
The Myrtle Family.
The family of five from Bury, the Myrtle family ran this year’s Santa dash Manchester for Cystic Fibrosis. Mum Ann, Dad Robert & their 3 Children 21-year-old Chloe, 12-year-old Bobby and 19-year-old Katie all managed the full 5K together, as a family.
The Cystic Fibrosis Charity was the go-to charity of choice for the family, due to a family friend sadly being diagnosed. The family as a whole believe the charity deserves more recognition for the work that they do.
The whole of the Myrtle family has been collecting sponsors from work, family, and friends before the 5K took place on Sunday. Every family member managed to finish the whole run; although, a few of them had to de-Santa midway through!
Find out more about The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and how to donate here.