THE Blythe Valley Park Charity Fun Run has provided a record boost for a new hospice for the West Midlands – as the grand opening finish line moves ever closer.
Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Big Build Appeal has now raised more than £4 million with the opening of the new palliative care centre for terminally ill adults set to take place in January.
A further £3 million is still needed to kit out the hospice, which will provide care to many more patients with cancer and other serious illnesses than the current hospice on Warwick Road in Solihull.
All proceeds raised from the ninth annual fun run around the countryside and pathways of the business and country park off Junction 4 of the M42 have been donated to the appeal.
Around 350 people took part in a 500m fun run or 5k and 10k races organised by Shirley Lions Club and Liberty Property Trust UK, which develops and manages the business park in partnership with Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate.
This year’s event in September raised £4,800 for the appeal – surpassing the best total raised in each of the previous eight years.