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Acorn Stairlifts staff will turn out in force again later this month to support the Keighley BigK 10K charity run.

Held in Keighley, just down the road from our West Yorkshire head offices and factory, this annual event celebrates its 10th birthday in 2017 and raises cash for our favourite local charity, the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Acorn has a longstanding relationship with Manorlands, which is located just a few miles away in the village of Oxenhope and provides a wide range of palliative care for people with terminal illness. Last year alone, Acorn staff raised well over £20,000 for Manorlands through a wide variety of money-spinning activities.

As a company we also regularly donate stairlifts which allow Manorlands patients to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes. We have also provided a wheelchair accessible vehicle which is driven by Manorlands volunteers and enables wheelchair-dependent patients to access a variety of day therapies provided at the hospice.

The Keighley BigK 10K run is one of the hospice’s biggest annual fundraisers. Run around the parks, paths and road of the West Yorkshire mill town, last year’s event attracted more than 1,200 participants and raised more than £50,000, despite some ‘challenging’ weather on the day itself.

This year’s 10th anniversary event takes place on Sunday March 26th – Mothers’ Day – and sees the addition of a shorter 5K route, allowing younger or less confident people to take part. Money is raised through entry fees, while many participants also boost the fundraising through sponsorship. People can run, walk or jog the hilly 10-kilometre route or the less challenging 5-kilometre course.

Ever since the event started, Acorn has been one of its strongest supporters, winning the prize for the organisation fielding most runners for five consecutive years. Last year almost 20% of the total amount raised came from Acorn staff, family and friends. Last year’s prize for the team of five raising most money also went to an Acorn team, who between them raised a whopping £9,300 plus £400 in Gift Aid.

Everyone who takes part receives a commemorative Keighley BigK T-shirt and there are medals for the first three home in each of 13 age and gender categories, plus awards for individuals and groups who raise the most sponsorship. All mums taking part will also receive a red carnation as a Mother’s Day gift.

If you live within travelling distance of Keighley and want to take part, you can find out more about the Keighley BigK 10K and 5K runs, including the routes, by clicking here. You can also register online for the run and find out more about the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and its vital work.

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