Seven intrepid staff members from Fantastic Media are keeping it Yorkshire for the Leeds Half Marathon on May 8.
Team FM – consisting of Alisdair Straughan, Barry Holder, Paul Whitcroft, Miles Thorp, Luke Batley, Steve Lubbock and Louis Collins – are taking on the daunting task, the likes of which their usually office-bound bodies have never experienced, in an effort to raise money for the Yorkshire Children’s Trust (YCT).
The Halifax-based charity helps families of children in the UK that are diagnosed with life threatening illnesses or disabilities. They raise money to support them by offering essential grants to pay for medical equipment, home modifications or respite breaks for the whole family.
Fantastic Media are supporting YCCC captain Andrew Gale throughout his Benefit Year and YCT is one of his nominated charities.
“It’s great to have this support from the boys at Fantastic,” said Andrew Gale. “The charity needs all the help it can get both financially and in terms of profile and anything I can do either directly or by association is all good.
“I don’t envy the guys that are doing it. I’ve done a half marathon and it was pretty brutal so I really appreciate all their efforts and dedication to what is a very worthy cause. Hats off to them.”
“We’re a small charity and the work we do is vital to hundreds of families all over the four Yorkshire regions,” said YCT Founder, Simon Widdop.
“We don’t just help people through the tough times emotionally, we also provide practical help and respite by giving them money for things like holiday breaks. These things make a huge difference, but fundraising for such a small charity is a constant battle so we appreciate all efforts to help us help more people.”
“We are an agency with strong Yorkshire roots and it’s important to support local charities,” said Fantastic’s communications director, Alisdair Straughan. “We did look at some of the other better known national charities, which are all worthy of support, but after talking to Andrew (Gale) and hearing about the great work that Yorkshire Children’s Trust do, we knew we had to keep it Yorkshire.”
To sponsor the lads from Team Fantastic – please do so on their Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/Fantastic-Media2016