Fundraiser Paul grins and bears it for Morrisons Great Manchester Run
On Sunday 10th
May Paul Partington has some very big (green and furry) boots to
fill as he completes his most challenging run to date. Paul will be
taking to the streets of Manchester at the Morrison's Great
Manchester Run dressed as Humphrey Bear, the mascot of Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
Paul, from Davyhulme, is donning the bear suit to raise vital
funds for the hospital which treated his young nephew for spinal
surgery in 2014. Paul's love of running goes hand in hand with his
passion for raising money for charity, having run for a variety of
local charities since 2010.
Paul said "My nephew Michael underwent major spinal surgery at
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and my brother couldn't speak
highly enough of the team at the hospital for the care that they
gave him. I guess you could say that running as Humphrey this is a
small way to say thank you."
"In addition to this, I have recently been humbled after
watching 'The Kids Hospital at Christmas', the television
documentary about the hospital. The unthinkable situations some of
the patients and their families find themselves in are
unbelievable. The way they cope is a lesson to us all, but it
wouldn't be possible without the expertise and compassion of the
people who work at the hospital."
To run in the Humphrey costume is a challenge that many
fundraisers have undertaken over the years, bravely running 10
kilometres without the comfort of the usual running attire. To
prepare himself for the day Paul recently completed the Wilmslow
Half Marathon in 1:25:19. He is also taking part in the London
Marathon on Sunday 26th April. He will be using his
place in the world famous marathon to raise additional funds to
help him hit his £2,500 target.
So far Paul has done many different things to help reach his
target, including arranging a cake sale, asking friends and family
for sponsorship and introducing a swear jar at work! Manchester
music legend and XFM presenter Clint Boon has also created a very
special piece of artwork for Paul to auction in aid of the
children's hospital. Paul says that another reason he wanted to run
as Humphrey is because he was incredibly moved by Clint's own
experience of the hospital. Clint's daughter, Luna Bliss, sadly
passed away in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at sister hospital,
Clint, whose followers are known as 'The Boon Army' is heading
up his own team of runners at this year's run. The 'GMR Boon Army'
will be raising money for RMCH Charity as well as for Saint
Paul added "I recall watching an interview with Clint regarding
his daughter and how the hospital looked after her before she
unfortunately passed away. I want to run as Humphrey for people
like Clint, for my brother and my nephew, the nurses who turn up
each day and smile, the surgeons that display an amazing talent on
a daily basis, for all of the staff for all of the patients, past,
present and future. Six miles in a sauna suit is a small gesture in
comparison to what these guys do but it's something I can do to
help them. I am honoured to have been chosen to represent the
charity and run my home town event, dressed as their mascot."
Hannah Thomas, Events and PR Manager for Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital added "When we received Paul's application to
run as Humphrey we were balled over by his enthusiasm for the
Charity, we're privileged to have such a kind-hearted individual
running for us in this year's Morrisons Great Manchester Run.
Paul is the perfect person to represent the charity as
Humphrey at this year's run; we just hope the weather isn't as hot
as last year! "
Clint's artwork is being auctioned on EBay. Bidding finishes on
Sunday 19th April at 8pm -
If you would like to run for RMCH Charity at this year's Great
Manchester run please visit http://www.greatrun.org/great-manchester-run
and tick the box to run for the charity.
All runners will receive a sponsorship pack with a free t-shirt
to wear on race day.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity raises funds to
ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
To sponsor Paul visit:
To learn more about charity events
For further information
please contact Aimee Lawless 07827 866286 or e-mail
Notes to Editors
- The Charity provides resources to make a difficult time a
little bit easier for children and their families who use Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital.
- 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 highly
- Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity is part of the
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Charity. Registered charity number 1049274.
- 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; Saint Mary's Hospital
Charity; Trafford Hospitals Charity