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15 staff from The Belfry Hotel & Resort take up 10K challenge for Birmingham Children's Hospital

Hotel workers join 10K Business Challenge along with tens of other firms - in partnership with the Great Birmingham Run

Staff from The Belfry Hotel & Golf Course get ready for their Great Birmingham 10K run challenge

Chefs, waters and housekeepers from The Belfry Hotel & Resort are joining more than 400 runners to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the Great Birmingham 10K .

The 15-strong team hope to raise £1,000 at the race on Bank Holiday Sunday May 1 for the hospital, which the hotel, near Sutton Coldfield , has chosen as its Charity of the Year.

They are competing against hundreds of other runners from more than 30 firms across the West Midlands in the Business Challenge in which runners receive a personalised company engraved plaque for taking part.

The fastest firm wins a trophy.

The Great Birmingham Run Series, including the 10k, is one of Birmingham Children Hospital charity’s biggest annual fundraisers.

The Belfry Hotel at Wishaw

The Belfry has held a series of fundraising activities, but the 10K marks the first running challenge undertaken by staff, who are being rewarded by the hotel with a glass of fizz and massage to wind down after the race.

Marketing Director Gail Webb said: “Our team has mixed emotions about the 10k. Some are excited, others are determined and a couple are completely terrified – but they’re all very much looking forward to the challenge.

“One runner, Ruth Cousin, recently prepared for the 10k by completing her first ever London Marathon in aid of the Children’s Hospital.

“We truly hope that our fundraising will make a huge contribution to the amazing care and treatment that the hodpital delivers daily, allowing more children and their families to lead long, happy and healthy lives.”

Birmingham Children's Hospital

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We are truly thankful to have so many compassionate staff members at The Belfry running the Great Birmingham 10k on behalf of our charity.

“The hotel’s fundraising efforts over the years have been incredible and we owe them a massive thank you.

“On the day it’s going to be really exciting to watch a sea of red taking over the streets of Birmingham and we’ll be there cheering along The Belfry, and anyone else running on behalf of #TeamBCH, every step of the way.”

• Places are still available to join Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s team. For more information visit here

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