Funds raised for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.
Liverpool, Wednesday, 31st October, 2012 – The 2013 Hillsborough to Anfield Run was announced today and there will be some changes from the 2012 format. The Run will take place over three days from April 4th-6th 2013 and unlike last year when the team ran 76 miles, this year it will be 96 miles in three days in memory of the 96. 96 for the 96. As last year, and schedules permitting, the Run will once again start on the pitch at Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday and end on the pitch at Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, at halftime of the game against West Ham United.
Last year the Run raised £15,000 for The Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) and the Hillsborough Families Support Group (HSFG) and this year, the Run is delighted to be doing the Run in memory of the 96, while raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.
Both Hillsborough groups are whole-heartedly behind the 2013 Run. Steve Kelly of the HJC was enthusiastically behind the idea, “I can’t think of a better legacy than one that will help children who are ill. I am more than happy to wish the team the very best of luck, as someone who lost a brother at Hillsborough, I feel something so good is at last coming out of something so bad.” Margaret Aspinall, the chairwoman of the HFSG also endorsed the Run, saying, “we give them our full support and backing and very best wishes for your next run on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield in memory of the 96.”
Sheffield Wednesday FC (SWFC) and Liverpool FC (LFC) are committed to the 2103 version of the Run. Trevor Braithwait, the communications director of SWFC pointed out the bonds that the Run will help build, “the concept of linking the two children’s hospitals as chief beneficiaries from the Hillsborough to Anfield Run is inspired and will only strengthen the existing bond between Liverpool and Sheffield.” Andrew Parkinson, the operations director of LFC was very pleased about the two hospitals being the beneficiaries, “Liverpool Football Club is delighted to support this year’s Hillsborough to Anfield Run to help raise money for the children’s hospitals here in Liverpool and in Sheffield.”
As the beneficiaries of the fundraising, both hospitals are looking forward to what the future will bring. Chris Done, the Head of Fundraising and PR at Alder Hey said, “We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of this unique event which is recognising the tragic events of 1989, joining the two stadia of Anfield and Hillsborough and raising money for two of the UK’s four stand-alone children’s hospitals – Alder Hey and Sheffield.” Rebecca Staden is a senior fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity Sheffield spoke also of the bringing together of so many people and groups, “we’re honoured to be one of the charities to benefit from this inspiring event, which is bringing so many people together. The money raised will go to our Make it Better appeal, to help transform The Children’s Hospital here in Sheffield and make our extraordinary hospital even better.”
The 96 are part of the DNA of Liverpool Football Club and they will never be forgotten; the 2013 Run is a perfect way to honour their memory while building a brighter future in the cities and communities of Liverpool and Sheffield. The Hillsborough To Anfield Run is deeply honoured to be part of maintaining the memory of the 96 and to be raising funds for two great and worthy children’s hospitals. Three successive days of 32 miles will not be easy, but the memory of the 96 and the work of the two hospitals will drive us on to success.
For further information please go to www.hillsborough-anfieldrun.com and to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOERRsZqn4 for the trailer of the Run, taken from the film We Never Run Alone, the film of the 2012 Run.