10 charity places available for Simplyhealth Great East Run

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Suffolk Artlink has been given 10 free places for this year’s event in September to give away to runners who take on the half marathon in aid of the charity.

As the Chairman of Suffolk County Council’s chosen charity this year, Suffolk Artlink has been given 10 free places for this year’s sold out event to give away to runners who take on the half marathon in aid of the charity on 16th September this year.

Runners are being asked to raise a minimum of £200, for Suffolk Artlink, a charity which develops and delivers inclusive arts programmes which aim to help people transform their lives through the arts.

Those who enter will join 3,500 participants on 16th September, who will line up on Russell Road for the 13.1-mile course, taking them through Ipswich town centre, the waterfront, and the Shotley Peninsula.

Now in its second year, the Simplyhealth Great East Run offered an additional 500 places this year, which sold out 5 months ahead of the event.

Councillor Michael Ladd, Chairman of Suffolk County Council, said:

“I am very pleased to be working with Suffolk Artlink this year as my nominated charity. They undertake some fantastic work across the county with all ages and sectors.

“Together we have already come up with some fantastic fundraising ideas for the year ahead and as part of our support we are offering 10 free places for the Great East Run.

“The event is now sold out, so this is your chance to bag one of the last remaining places. All you need to do is commit to raising a minimum of £200 for Suffolk Artlink.”

More than £1million was raised for good causes by runners who took part in the Simplyhealth Great East Run last year.

Those who would like to take part should apply at www.suffolkartlink.org.uk/greateastrun by Sunday 29th July. 

For all of the most up-to-date event information, visit: Greatrun.org/East

This news was celebrated at Suffolk Artlink’s JumpstART exhibition which opened today at La Tour Cycle Café, on the waterfront in Ipswich. The exhibition explores the fascinating world of the human body and includes drawing, painting, textiles and sculpture.

Alex Casey, Suffolk Artlink Co-Director, said:

"Our JumpstART arts courses provide a fantastic opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to enjoy an in-depth exploration of an art form whilst developing creative and life skills.

"This is just one of many projects we deliver across the East which aim to transform lives through the arts. By taking on the Great East Run in support of Suffolk Artlink you will be helping to bring skills, support networks, confidence and joy to your local communities."

Some comments from JumpstArt students, whose work forms the display can be seen below:

Harvey said:

"I've learnt so much on this course that it's turned my life around.”

Ben said:

“It's been really good on the course. I wish I could do it all over again. It's been like a home coming here.”

Terrence said:

“'I like coming to JumpstART as it is good to have my voice heard. It was good to try out all the different art forms in the Human Body course - sewing, sculpture and printing.”

Councillor Michael Ladd added:

“Art, as well as physical activity contribute to a person’s mental wellbeing. The JumpstART exhibition showcases some of the fantastic work that Suffolk Artlink support people to create and demonstrates the real difference they make to people’s lives.”

The students work will be on show at La Tour Cycle Café throughout July.