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Glamour girls boost charity funds
A CHARITY which helps the terminally ill fulfil a wish has made an urgent appeal for support.
The HoneyRose Foundation needs as many people as possible from across St Helens to take part in a charity 10K run that will be held in the town on March 20.
The charity, which enables dying adults aged 40 and above to enjoy an experience of a lifetime, has even recruited a team of St Helens' glamour girls -- nicknamed the HoneyRose Honeys - to drum up support.
Lynn Duffy, founder of HoneyRose, said: "We hope to encourage as many people as possible to give up a little time on a Sunday morning to take part in such a worthwhile event. It doesn't matter whether you are experienced or a novice runner, everyone who enters the race will be helping bring real happiness to those facing the stress and uncertainty of their illness"
People can enter as individuals at a cost of £15. Businesses can also field teams at a cost of £100 for four runners. Funds are being distributed between a number of local charities including the Steve Prescott Foundation (which supports the Christie Hospital and the Try Assist Fund) Willowbrook Hospice, the Army Benevolent Fund and Tunza's Pride.
Every sports team or business that takes part on behalf of the HoneyRose Foundation will also receive a personalised signed picture of the local Honeys as a keepsake.
The 10k course is through Victoria Park and the North Road hill. Those who want to take part can call in to the HoneyRose office in Hall Street, St. Helens or call the charity on 01744 451919. Deadline for entries is March 13.
"These days with economic uncertainty all around us small charities like ours find it increasingly difficult to raise funds. This charity is unique in that it helps adults aged 40 and above, who sadly suffer from Cancer and other life limiting illnesses, to experience something magical in their lives before it's too late," said Lynn, who founded the charity in 2003 after seeing two of her young friends die.
"There are many charities around who help young children but often adults, who are facing up to terminal illnesses, are overlooked. We try and help them and their families by providing a special day they can remember, whether that's a simple trip to the Lake District or a ride in a helicopter," she added.
Honey Becky Brown, 21, a trainee teacher from St Helens, said: "'Honeyrose is a great charity, organising special days out for terminally ill people must be so important for the families of those suffering'
The charity is also organising a fund raising ladies night on March 26 at Nalgo Club. For further details and to see forthcoming fund raising events visit the charity's website www.honeyrosefoundation.co.uk