Clint Boon Announces his Army of Charity Runners for Great Manchester Run
XFM DJ and keyboardist for Manchester's Inspiral Carpets, Clint
Boon, has rounded up the troops to form a Boon Army of runners for
this year's Great Manchester Run.
The Boon Army, a name given to Clint's followers, will be
raising money for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity as
well as sister charity, Saint Mary's Hospital Charity's Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit.
Clint will be overseeing the army which will be made up of
celebrity runners and musicians, as well as members of the public
who wish to sign up for the Great Manchester Run Boon Army.
Heading up the recruits for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity will be legendary Mancunian guitarist, Peter Hook. Peter,
or 'Hooky' as he is also known to fans, is best known as bassist in
seminal 80's band Joy Division, as well as New Order and more his
most recent band, The Light. Peter, a firm friend of Clint's
decided to join the force after Clint told him of the vital work
the children's hospital undertakes on a daily basis.
Peter Hook said:
"I've been doing the Great Manchester Run for 9 years now and I
am thrilled to be running for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity this May. From Clint's experience of the hospitals I know
how important fundraising is in providing the very best care for
poorly children. Being born and bred in Salford I am always hearing
the excellent work they do and I am proud to part of the Boon
Captaining those running for Saint Mary's Hospital Charity will
be Clint's wife, Charlie Boon. Mrs Boon, along with her mum, Jill
and friends Lucy and Rob Snowden will be running in support of the
hospital which is very close to their hearts.
In April 2012 Clint and Charlie's daughter, Luna Bliss, sadly
lost her life after 34 days. Since then the Boon family, along with
friends and supporters, have raised over £37,000 for the Saint
Mary's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where Luna was cared for.
Originally raising funds to purchase specialist chairs to enable
new mothers to feel comfortable when having skin to skin contact,
or 'Kangaroo Care' with their babies, the Boons have gone on to
raise further funds for the neonatal unit.
Clint Boon said:
"I've been djing on the 'Boon Army stage' at the half way point
of the Bupa Great Manchester Run for several years now. Hand on
heart, it's always the highlight of my djing calendar. It's hard to
put into words the overwhelming feeling of seeing over 40,000
people devoting so much energy, passion and love into their various
personal causes. Each runner has a special and unique story.
This year will be extra special for myself and the Boon family.
For the first time, my wife Charlie and my close friend Peter Hook
will be leading the 'Boon Army' team of runners in memory of our
baby girl Luna Bliss who was cared for at Saint Mary's during her
very short time with us. Many of our family and close friends are
taking part along with some familiar faces from the world of
showbiz to raise funds for Saint Mary's and Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital. Please join us. "
"Over the next few months I will be encouraging my celebrity
mates and XFM listeners to sign up to my Great Manchester Run Boon
Army. It will be great to see so many recruits taking to the
streets of Manchester, all raising money to support the work two
amazing hospitals. Saint Mary's Woman's Hospital and RMCH are
located side by side to ensure the highest level of treatment for
babies and children from across the region - that's good
This year the Great Manchester Run is being held on Sunday
10th May 2015 and is now open for entries. Each year
more than a quarter of a million runners take to the streets of
Manchester in Europe's largest 10k run. Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital Charity is delighted to be the nominated
charity for the second year running.
Hannah Thomas, Events and PR Manager for the charities,
"We are thrilled to be teaming up with Clint to create a Boon
Army of runners for this year's Great Manchester Run. Clint has
been a supporter of our hospitals for many years now and with his
help we are hoping for our biggest and best yet. We have people
from all different backgrounds take part, whether they are
established runners or fancy a new year challenge so why not give
it a go and become part of the Boon Army."
If you would like to take part in the Great Manchester Run the
charity currently have a limited number of guaranteed entry places
available for a reduced fee of £20. To apply for one of these
places, or to find out more information please call 0161 276 4522
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can use these places to support Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital or Saint Mary's Hospital (or both if you wish!).
If you would prefer to get your own place through the race
organisers and would like to run for Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital Charity tick the box when registering for a place on the
Great Run website.
To get your own place and run for Saint Mary's hospital, sign up
on the Great Run website and then contact the charity team on email@example.com
to register as a runner for Saint Mary's.
All runners will receive a sponsorship pack with a free t-shirt
to wear on race day.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and Saint Mary's
Hospital Charity raise funds to ensure continued excellence in
treatment, care and research at the hospitals - improving the lives
of thousands of children and babies each year across the North West
The support of the Charities means that the hospitals can
provide additional resources that make life easier for patients and
their families who use the hospital.
For learn more about charity events
To find out more information about
the Great Manchester Run visit http://www.greatrun.org/great-manchester-run
For further information please
contact Aimee Lawless on firstname.lastname@example.org
0r 07827 886 286
Notes to Editors
- The Charities provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children, babies and their families who use
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Saint Mary's
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital treats over 200,000
patients every year. They come from all over the North West
of England and from other parts of the country for some very
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and Saint Mary's
Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered charity
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are: University Dental
Hospital of Manchester Charity, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Charity, Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity, Trafford Hospitals