RUNNERS stepped up to the mark after a charity fun run raised £2,700 for Solihull Autistic Spectrum Support and Information (SASSI).
A record number of 300 runners took part in the event which was organised by Blythe Valley Business Park and Shirley Lions Club, enabling SASSI to help more families and carers of autistic children.
Chairman Jan Bradshaw said:“We are lucky to have benefited from the tremendous support of BVP and Shirley Lions and we are really grateful to them for all the hard work they put into organising the fun run which was a really excellent day.
“The money really helps us to plan for the year ahead, and will go towards hiring venues for our monthly meetings so we can reach as many families as possible, along with purchasing books and DVDs to raise awareness of all the support we can offer.”
Kate Smith, of Liberty Property Trust UK, which jointly owns BVP with Doughty Hanson & Co Real Estate, also took part in the Blythe Valley Park and Knowle Fun Runs with her cousin, Emma, whose young daughter, Ella, has autism.
She said: “We are delighted to have supported a great cause like SASSI over the last year and we look forward to working closely with them in the future. Many of the businesses on the park took part, with special thanks to Virgin Active who led warm-ups on the day and handed out goodie bags to everyone who took part.
“It was great so many people took part to support various charities in the most successful fun run we have ever held with Shirley Lions Club and preparations are already well underway for the 2010 event which will be held on Sunday, September 12.”
For further information about SASSI, log on to www.solihullsassi.co.uk