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Panto cast set to tackle 10k for hospice

Several members of Cleveleys Pantomime will be taking part in this year's Fun Run for Trinity Hospice, possibly in costume from one of their productions. Pictured getting in some practice are L-R: Andy Figg, Helen and Rob Hackett.

Several members of Cleveleys Pantomime will be taking part in this year's Fun Run for Trinity Hospice, possibly in costume from one of their productions. Pictured getting in some practice are L-R: Andy Figg, Helen and Rob Hackett.

For Helen Hackett, taking part in last year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run was so exciting she’s recruiting a team to join her this year.

A team from Cleveleys Pantomime will be racing along Promenade on May 11 to raise money for Trinity Hospice, which organises the annual event.

Team leader Helen said: “Last year I really enjoyed the run, so much so that as soon as I finished I thought I’d definitely do it again.

“It was a great atmosphere, and I was running in memory of a family member who had died of cancer.

“Since then we’ve lost another family member to the disease and although he didn’t go to Trinity, we know it would have been there for him if he’d needed it.

“It’s still really raw for me, but I just think this is something I can do to raise money for such an important cause.”

Cleveleys Pantomime was set up last year to put on a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at St Theresa’s Church over Christmas. Money raised through the show has been donated to Trinity, on Low Moor Road, Bispham.

Members are signing up to join Helen, 37, with the run, starting with Andrew Figg.

Helen, of Marsh Road, Thornton, said: “We just realised if more of us take part we can raise more money.

“I have warned them though that I am determined to beat last year’s time, so I might have to leave them.”

Last year, Helen ran the 10k, which sets off from Blackpool Hilton and goes to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and back, in 58 minutes.

She added: “Last year I was a bit nervous starting, but the crowd really spurs you on. This year I am more excited.

“After last year’s run I told myself I would go running every week. I haven’t, but I have been training again since February ready for the Fun Run.”

 

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