The tenth anniversary running of the Bayer Newbury 10K, on May 28, has raised just over £13,375 for charity.
A giant cheque was handed over to the two organisations nominated as the event’s charities this year: the hospices, Naomi House and Jacksplace, which provide support for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions and their families, and Newbury Athletic Club, the race organisers.
Bayer’s head of Communications, Simon Greenstreet, who presented the cheque to representatives of the organisations in Newbury town centre, where the race was staged, said he was thrilled the 2017 event had reached such a successful conclusion.
“It takes a great deal of effort to put together such an important event, and there is a huge sense of pride that in the ten years that Bayer has sponsored the race, it has benefitted so many people. We have now donated £107,877 directly to deserving local causes, and would like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible.
“Many people have become involved in running as a result of being inspired by the Bayer Newbury 10k, and the event has helped to wave the flag for Newbury, becoming one of the highlights of the town’s community calendar. We should not forget also the thousands of runners who have raised money individually or as teams for charities of their own choice.”
Race director, Becky Elsmere, Newbury AC, said:
“The race has continued to thrive and as joint recipients of its charitable donations over the years, we are very grateful to Bayer. We are delighted we’ve been able to put money directly into our sport which is enjoyed by so many children, young people and adults.
“In the meantime, we are already thinking about next year’s race, and are in discussions with potential sponsors, so we hope to be able to report on progress in the autumn.”
Fundraising manager for Naomi House, Clare Lay, added:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been supported by Bayer for another year, as the money raised for us has such a huge impact on the hundreds of families that we care for. It costs just under £6,000 to run Naomi House for a day so this donation has truly facilitated our services – thank you.”