Updated: Tuesday, 25th November 2014 @ 6:34pm

Thousands across Manchester set to dust off running shoes for Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile

Thousands across Manchester set to dust off running shoes for Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile

By Bex Pocklington

Sport Relief is bringing people from all over Greater Manchester together for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, this Sunday.

This year X Factor's Olly Murs will be spurring on the Manchester runners by performing live.

The day will hold a series of races of various distances to suit as many people as possible, encouraging Manchester residents to do their bit for Comic Relief 2012.

Jess Kirke, Campaigns and Events Manager for Comic Relief said: “Manchester is one of the biggest events with thousands of people hopefully turning up.”

Comic Relief as a whole raises funds for vulnerable people all over the world, including those living in poor or unfortunate conditions here in Manchester.

All over the country over one million people are expected to take part in the various races throughout the day.

One charity that has benefited directly from the funds raised in Comic Relief is Women for Well Women, based in Wigan.

The charity aims to help young women who have become addicted to alcohol by offering advice and one-to-one interactions with professionals.

The charity has been successful in reducing the abuse of alcohol for several women and the consequent harmful behavior caused by it.

Lynn Addison, the Wigan Centre Manager said: “We have had a really good response from it. We help people to make their own decisions without judging them.”

Comic Relief helps to create awareness of the charity, and the aim of the staff is to help raise awareness of the effects of alcohol and therefore how it can affect decisions and behaviour later on in life.

Ms Addison said that by raising awareness of the effects of alcohol on the body, it will force women to look at their own alcohol levels and try to reduce them.

X Factor's Olly Murs said: “I’m so excited to be performing in Manchester, and will be getting all those brilliant Milers in the mood and ready to do their Mile for Sport Relief.”

He added: “I’d encourage everyone in Manchester to go the extra mile for Sport Relief.”

The Mile starts in Spinningfields and heads in to the City Centre, past the Opera House and with views of Granada Studios.

Cllr Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “We are very proud to support the Sport Relief Mile which is a great way for Manchester people to get behind an incredibly worthy cause while getting active and enjoying themselves in the City Centre.

As well as the performance from Olly, the day will be full of exciting entertainment and some famous faces are sure to make an appearance.

Ms Kirke said: “There is something for everyone; it’s a real family fun day out.”

Last year, the North West raised and donated £2.4million, and a 8,000 people took part in the Manchester Mile.

For more information on the event visit www.sportrelief.com. Or if you wish to find out more information on Women for Well Women contact Lynn Addison at lynn.wellwomen@btconnect.com.

 

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