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MP Urges Big Turnout For The 10th Keighley BigK 10K
Some of the runners from last year's event
MP for Keighley and Ilkley Kris Hopkins has urged his constituents to sign up for the 10th Keighley BigK run and walk on Sunday 26 March.

The event was the brainchild of Kris back in 2006 since when it has seen almost 10,000 people take part and almost £300,000 raised for Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice.

Kris who has run the event numerous times said, "The staff at Manorlands Hospice do a fantastic job and public participation in their great local events such as the BigK allows Sue Ryder to continue its vital services in the local area.

Kris Hopkins MP
A remarkable amount of money has been raised for the finest of causes over the last decade. I hope we will be able to add significantly to that total later this month. I hope local residents will again sign up in large numbers. And for those who aren't able to take part, I would ask them to please consider making a small donation to someone who is."

Event lead and Sue Ryder Fundraiser for Keighley, Andrew Wood recounted the time a decade ago when Kris invited him into a meeting to plan the first event at Churchill House. He said: "From that initial get together with John Dennis and council representatives this has become something that the town is very proud of. For our 10th anniversary we've added a 5K route so that an even larger proportion of our community can get involved."

For more details about the event and to sign up go www.sueryder.org/bigk10k or call the Manorlands fundraising office on 01535 640430.

Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

About Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice: Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provides incredible hospice care to people living with life-limiting illnesses across Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and North and West Bradford.

Established over 40 years ago, Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice not only provides specialist medical care to ease pain and discomfort, but also offers people and their families real emotional support during what can be an extremely difficult time.

Last year their community nurse specialists provided 3415 home visits; over 1000 people attended our day therapy unit and their bereavement team made more than 6000 telephone calls.

All care services at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice are free of charge.

However it costs £3.3m to run the hospice and only part of these costs are covered by statutory funds. This year the hospice needs to raise £2.1 million in donations to continue to provide its specialist care services.

MP Urges Big Turnout For The 10th Keighley BigK 10K, 13th March 2017, 11:05 AM