Hundreds turn out for Ilkeston fun run

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More than 200 people took part in a charity fun run organised by Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Both 3km and 5km events were held to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

Entrants were asked to raise sponsorship for the charity after paying an entry fee to help cover the costs of organising the fun run.

A number of sponsors from the local business community also came forward and offered donations or goods.

They included Lobina Transport, Aquinas Foundation, Pam Saint-Gobain, The Office Way, Morley Hayes, Intabag Limited, KRM Building and Landscape Supplies, plus more.

Some of the sponsors donated items which have been used as lots in a blind auction to raise more money for Make-A-Wish.

Karen Morley, finance assistant at Saint John Houghton CVA who organised the event, thanked the sponsors who made it possible.

She said: “We had a great turnout and it was a real community event. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors and we would like to express our gratitude.”

Head teacher Joan McCarthy said: “The whole event took a lot of planning and preparation from the run team and this paid off on the day. We would like to say a huge thankyou to everyone, especially Mrs Morley, for their commitment.”