How to fundraise in lockdown – the Spirit way!

Written by: Becky Cox
The Great Spirit Run

Last weekend would have seen the Great Manchester Run take place in central Manchester, and at Spirit Group we had big plans to enter a team of athletes and raise as much money for our partner charity, East Cheshire Hospice, as possible. When the big day was postponed, we were too determined to cancel our plans. Why reschedule when we could do this the Spirit way? We decided that we’d hold our own event instead!

Sixteen athletes proudly took part in the first ever Great Spirit Run, pounding the pavements in Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire to raise as much money as possible. We had our own race numbers, supporter signs and the sun even shone for us!

We are so pleased to announce that we have managed to raise a total of £3155 from this event – all of which will be going to support East Cheshire Hospice and the fantastic work that they do.

The Hospice is facing one of its biggest struggles to date – raising the funds to keep its doors open during the coronavirus pandemic. With the forced cancellation of the vast majority of their fundraising events for the rest of the year, they have had to find new, virtual ways to generate the donations that account for 85% of their total income.

At Spirit Group, we not only recognise the brilliant work done by East Cheshire Hospice, but also the integral role they play in communities across Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere in between. Where they have always given support to those most in need, we are proud to be able to give support back during these difficult times.

Thank you to everyone who donated and supported us in our efforts – we are so happy to give to such a great cause, at a time when they need us most.