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Steve joins runners on 96mile run for children's hospital charities

(March 18, 2013)

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Celebrities including Melanie C from the Spice girls, British Heavyweight Champion David Price, BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, Spoony, and former footballer Peter Reid will join runners on the last leg of their 96 mile run in aid of two children’s hospital charities.

The three-day run, between Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, is raising money for Alder Hey Children’s hospital and Sheffield’s The Children’s Hospital Charity and is taking place in memory of the 96 football fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.

Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, and MP for Walton, Steve Rotheram, will also join the seven runners and celebrities for the last mile of the run – as they make their way through the Shankly Gates in to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium. Both were instrumental in the setting up of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and historic debate in the Commons.

Also joining the runners for the final stretch are Sue Roberts and Claire McGlone from the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Steve Kelly from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and impressionist Darren Farley.

Melanie C said: “I'm really looking forward to joining these guys as they complete their incredible run.  To raise money for children's charities whilst running in the memory of Hillsborough – something close to my heart – makes it extra special.

“Running 96 miles in three days is a phenomenal achievement and something I'm glad I'm not doing personally, but I'm pleased to be able to lend my support by crossing the finishing line with them.”

Runner, Dominic Williams, said: “We’re humbled by the support that people have given so far to raise money for these two worthwhile charities.

“We all know times are tight for everyone at the moment, but we’re asking people to give whatever they can – no matter how small – as every penny goes to helping sick children. These wonderful people are giving their time, profile and the odd blister to help raise that money – that’s worth a donation on its own!

“People wanting to help should visit anfield-hillsboroughrun.com and click ‘donate’.”

Members of the public also have the opportunity to take part in the run whilst helping to raise money. Those wanting to put their trainers on and join the runners can do so on Saturday 6 April between Hale Village and Alder Hey hospital for a donation of £5. To register your interest, email dom@hillsborough-anfieldrun.com.

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