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Meet Sue Ryder – Headline Charity Partner of Run Cheltenham

There is little better than the sight of a sea of Sue Ryder runners taking on Run Cheltenham each year, and that sight is set to continue in 2024 as Team Sue Ryder return to Run Cheltenham with more runners than ever before.

At the heart of Sue Ryder is their belief that whilst death and grief are universal experiences, it is not one that anyone should face alone. And yet, they receive no government funding for the incredible services they provide, right here in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire through their Leckhampton Hospice. This incredible work is as challenging as it is to fund the Hospice, with daily costs running in excess of £10,000 per day.

Sue Ryder strive towards building a society that is supportive of those who may be dying or grieving, who listen to these voices and provide them with the care and assistance they need, whilst also advocating for this kind of care and support to be integrated into the wider healthcare system.

We spoke to Jennifer Halsey, Events Fundraiser at Sue Ryder recently, to catch up on their partnership with Run Cheltenham and their exciting plans for the 2024 event:

“We are so excited, at Sue Ryder, to be partnered with Run Cheltenham for 2024. Last year, the atmosphere in the race village, across the route and especially passing the finish line was absolutely incredible!” says Jennifer. “Our team of Sue Ryder runners is already over 120 people strong, and we can’t wait to see them at Cheltenham Racecourse in September! We’re already working hard with the Run Cheltenham team on ways to further improve the event and build on our experiences of working with them over the last few years. I’m sure this year’s event will be another huge success.”

Sue Ryder will again be motivating runners through their Energy Zone activation, a new feature which went down well with runners at Run Cheltenham 2023. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Sue Ryder team again in 2024,” says Race Director Ash Fisher. “Laura, Matt and the whole Leckhampton team are so incredibly passionate about the charity’s work, whilst the experience of Jennifer and Rebecca at Sue Ryder HQ has helped us to further develop the event to ensure that we are giving every runner a fantastic running experience. We were blown away by the amount raised by Team Sue Ryder in 2023, and I’m so excited to see this achievement increase further at Run Cheltenham 2024”.

Runners can sign up now for Team Sue Ryder, with limited Early Bird entries remaining. All Team Sue Ryder runners will be supported throughout their Run Cheltenham journey, with fundraising and training support as well as the opportunity to train with the Sue Ryder Run Club – re-launching in April 2024!

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