Stepping up to guide blind runners in The York 10k

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Garbutt + Elliott is stepping up this year’s charity campaign by taking part in the Asda Foundation York 10K on August 7, 2016.

A total of 13 runners from Garbutt + Elliott are set to take part in the event, with the aim of raising £1,000 for the firm’s charity partners, Special Stars Foundation in Hull, as part of their wider fundraising activity for two chosen charities, which also includes Leeds-based The Haven.  Garbutt + Elliott raised over £1,000 at last year’s event thanks to the generosity of staff and sponsors.

What’s more, 2 of the runners will be acting as guides for blind people who are undertaking the challenge as part of an agreement with York Blind and Partially sighted Society

Nigel Shaw, partner and head of corporate social responsibility at Garbutt + Elliott, said: “I am delighted to see so many people sign up to take part in this year’s York 10K.  Those who participated last year had a great experience and everyone is keen to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause.”

This is the eighth annual York 10K, which was established following the first 10k, which took place in Leeds, in 2007, which was launched by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE. The event attracts thousands of runners with spectators expected to line the streets of York to show their support.  Last year over £160,000 was raised by those who ran the city centre course.

The firm has been raising money for its chosen charities since January 2016, with colleagues from across Garbutt + Elliott’s Leeds and York offices getting involved in the fundraising with the aim of raising a total of £15,000.  Employees from the company also took part in the Leeds 10K in July to raise money for The Haven.

Special Stars Foundation supports children and young people with disabilities and their families in Hull and East Yorkshire.  As well as offering advice and support, the charity provides subsidised trips and social activities for children and young people with disabilities. In addition, Special Stars Foundation connects parents of disabled and has an extensive collection of specialist equipment, books and sensory toys which it lends out to families in need.