There’s still time to register to take part in a fun run in aid of Save The Children in Tipton this weekend.
Holly’s Race, which takes place at Victoria Park in Tipton on Saturday (19 October), has been organised thanks to local eight-year-old Holly Icke.
Holly wrote the Council a letter describing her wish to host a sponsored run to help disadvantaged children in the summer – and staff from the Public Health, Sport & Leisure and Neighbourhoods teams have worked with her to make it happen.
Families are invited to sign up and join in running 2km around the park – and to bring a picnic and join Holly for entertainment including a balloon man afterwards. There will also be stands and organisations promoting healthy family activities.
Holly said she was really excited that the council had made her idea a reality. “It’s going to be really fun,” she said. “I am so glad about it.
“I chose Save The Children because I wanted to make the world a better place and make children happier.”
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for Living Healthy Lives Councillor Farut Shaeen said: “When we received Holly’s letter, it really came across how keen she was to organise a fun run for her friends and the whole community.
“It’s really important we listen to young people and we were so impressed by Holly’s enthusiasm, we wanted to make her dream of a fun run come true.”
Sandwell Council’s Director of Public Health Lisa McNally added: “The best ideas for improving public health come from the public themselves. Holly’s Race is great example of this. Let’s make it an amazing day for her and for Tipton!”
Anyone can sign up to the run, which starts at 10.30am. To register go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for “Holly’s Race for Save The Children”.
To donate, go to Holly’s Just Giving page. There will also be a charity collection on the day.