Floorcare brand Vax has entered a team of 26 runners in this year’s Great Birmingham Run which takes place on Sunday (October 19), with the aim of raising £2,600 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The team is made up of staff from Vax’s office sites in Birmingham city centre and Droitwich. Each runner has pledged to raise £100 for the hospital and all have been training hard in preparation for the event, which is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands. Now in its fourth year, the 13-mile course features landmarks including the Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Bourneville, Edgbaston cricket ground and the Bullring shopping centre. Among the famous faces taking in part this year will be gold medal winning triathlete Jodie Stimpson and actress Mandip Gill, better known as Phoebe McQueen in Channel Four soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’.
Vax managing director David Winterbottom said: “Our team put on a fantastic effort in last year’s race and they are back this year to do even better. We’re really proud to be raising money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital again and we’d urge everyone to help show their support for this great cause by donating at our JustGiving page.” You can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/vaxmarathon2014/ or by text message by texting the code VAXM62 along with your amount to 70070.
The Great Birmingham Run is one of a number of regular sporting events that Vax encourages its staff to take part in through its ‘VaxFit’ health and wellness scheme. The scheme helps employees keep fit and healthy through a range of initiatives including subsidised gym membership, free weekly fruit deliveries, a cycle to work scheme, health screening and access to confidential advice and counselling.