Secretaries are in the running for 10k walk

From left, Maria Blackburn, Marie Stoves, Pam Jajuha, Pauline Hatty, Tracey Blackett, Christine Bottom, Vanessa Wheatley and mascot Alfie Stead. Picture: Graham Lindley
From left, Maria Blackburn, Marie Stoves, Pam Jajuha, Pauline Hatty, Tracey Blackett, Christine Bottom, Vanessa Wheatley and mascot Alfie Stead. Picture: Graham Lindley
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MEDICAL secretaries at a Yorkshire hospital will be swinging their charity collection buckets as they walk and gently jog the 10 kilometres of Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All in Leeds.

The secretaries at Leeds Children’s Hospital are not particularly keen runners but have vowed to jog a little and walk a lot on Sunday June 19. The women admitted they had to be gently cajoled into signing up to the charity event.

They hope to raise at least £1,000 for the children’s hospital appeal, which will be spent on toys, books and wall decorations.

Paediatric secretary Maria Blackburn, of Morley, Leeds was badgered into signing up by consultant surgeon Naved Alizai, who is away on the big day. She then signed up several colleagues, some of whom were a bit reluctant until they were reminded that walking is allowed.

The team includes Vanessa Wheatley, of Kippax, Leeds, and her son Alfie, who is team mascot, and Alfie’s grandma, Christine Bottom.

Jacquie Cross, who is co-ordinating the children’s hospital appeal, said parts of the hospital had bare walls and money was needed to make it more child-friendly.

“The paediatric secretaries have inspired other people to sign up,” she said.

“We now have teams from security, physiotherapy and supplies.

“The Run for All is about jogging or walking, regardless of ability. It is a fantastic atmosphere and a chance for non-runners and runners to pull together.

“Our teams want to make a difference to children across Yorkshire who are treated here.”

The Yorkshire Post is media partner to the event.

There are 10k runs in Hull on May 15 and York on July 31. Charity fundraisers can sign up at www.runforall.com