Nine members of staff from leading regional building society the West Brom are limbering up to take part in the 2015 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge. The group, all from the building society’s headquarters in West Bromwich, will aim to complete the 13.1 mile half marathon course on Sunday, October 18. They will be running under the banner of Team WB and raising money for the society’s nominated charity, Edward’s Trust, which supports children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement.
Nick Trueman, team co-ordinator and the West Brom’s PR manager, said: “The team is really excited about the Great Birmingham Run. Some of us have run half marathons before, while others are attempting the distance for the first time. The atmosphere will be fantastic around the streets of Birmingham, but the most important aspect of the day for us is to gather as much support as we can for Edward’s Trust.
“The bereavement process is always a hugely testing time, and Edward’s Trust provides a vital support network to help people cope during this period. It’s a brilliant and hugely worthwhile cause and has really captured the imagination of everyone at the West Brom since becoming our chosen charity partner earlier in the year.”
Colleagues Lucy Bridge, Elaine Clarke, Andy Cove, Ruth Holyoake, Mike Keig, Faye McKellop, Chris Yates and Chris Yeomans complete the building society’s team for the business challenge.
The West Brom is hoping to raise around £20,000 for Edward’s Trust this year, through initiatives including a charity golf day, cake and coffee mornings in branches, bake-offs, fun runs and a sponsored cycle ride.
Companies can enter as many teams as they want into the Business Challenge; the accumulated first four finishing times in each team will count.
To sponsor the West Brom Business Challenge team, visit: www.justgiving.com/team-WB
To enter the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run, go to: www.greatrun.org/Birmingham