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Nurse Barbara Ansell (left) and fundraising director Jane Molyneux (right) with staff, nurses and patients from Trinity Hospice and Brian House.

Nurse Barbara Ansell (left) and fundraising director Jane Molyneux (right) with staff, nurses and patients from Trinity Hospice and Brian House.

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CALLING runners young and old – dust off your trainers and get set for this year’s 10k Fun Run along the resort’s Golden Mile!

Blackpool’s Trinity Hospice has been handed the reins for this year’s event from the people behind the St Annes Co-ordination of Charities, which has organised the run for the last 30 years.

Action from the 2012 Blackpool 10K fun run.

Action from the 2012 Blackpool 10K fun run.

It means the run, which will still be sponsored by the national jewellery store Beaverbrooks, will indefinitely support the hospice, providing invaluable care for people with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Andrew Brown and Jack Hecht, from the co-ordination of charities, said: “After 30 years organising the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run we felt the time was right to hand over the organisation of this large event.

“We decided a local charity would be the right choice and due to our long established working relationship with Trinity Hospice they seemed the perfect fit.

“Having worked with the hospice previously we know of their excellent reputation for care and of course their ongoing challenge to raise funds.

“We are proud to hand over the reins to such a worthy local cause.”

Also new for this year is a chip system to monitor the exact finish time of each runner.

And the organisers have lowered the age limit, so anyone from the age of 11 can take part in the race on Sunday May 12, though children under 12 must take part with an adult.

BLACKPOOL 10K FUN RUN: Click here for our Fun Run minisite including entry form and gallery from last year’s event..

Trinity Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, offers specialist end of life care for adults and children, through Brian House Children’s Hospice, with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Although commonly associated with people suffering with cancer, the hospice offers a range of long-term palliative care services.

It costs £12,000 a day to run Trinity Hospice as 3,500 people each year are referred to the service and demand is constantly increasing.

At the moment there are 80 families benefiting from services at Brian House, which costs £1.5m a year to run.

The entry cost of £12 per runner (£9 for children) is guaranteed to be spent on providing support for the Fylde coast hospice.

While the race is attended by professional runners, the focus is on fun, and people taking part are encouraged to don fancy dress outfits.

Trinity’s chief executive, David Houston, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to work in partnership with Beaverbrooks on the Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

“This is a well established sporting event and a huge fund-raiser, we are honoured the organisers have entrusted Trinity to organise and benefit from the Fun Run.

“The funds raised will be a much welcomed boost to the hospice as we continue to experience increased demand for hospice care from local adults and children.”

ARE you planning on taking part in this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run? We want to hear from groups of people taking part for good causes. Contact Rebecca Draper at rebecca.draper@blackpoolgazette.co.uk or call (01253) 361728 with your daytime contact details.