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Matt Holley Richard Jaggs and Chris Hallett of Resolution DesignMatt Holley Richard Jaggs and Chris Hallett of Resolution DesignCharities are calling for local business to run the Bath Half Marathon on their behalf.

Four colleagues at Resolution Design in Devizes are taking part along with two family members. Most of the team have not run a half marathon before. A relation of one of the Resolution team was airlifted by WAA some years ago.

Richard Jaggs, managing director of Resolution Design, who is taking part and has run the Bath Half Marathon before, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is brilliant. In Devizes, which is some distance from large hospitals, to have an air ambulance to get people to hospital quickly is essential. It’s a really valuable service.”

A record amount - £19,171.16 – was raised for WAA by 60 runners at the Bath Half Marathon 2015. The charity has 75 places at next year’s Vitality Bath Half Marathon on 13 March 2016.

Kenresa Stratford, Fundraising Coordinator at WAA, said: “We are so grateful to the people who have signed up to run the Bath Half Marathon for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Many of them have a connection with Wiltshire Air Ambulance, while others want to challenge themselves by running a half marathon and raise vital funds for us. The money raised by our runners will help keep our helicopter flying and saving lives.

“We still have places available for people who are interested in running it. We’ll give those taking part all the support they need with training tips, collection tins and sponsor forms.”

A place costs £32.50 and each runner is asked to raise a minimum of £200 for the charity. Runners can join the charity’s Just Giving team page at www.justgiving.com/teams/WAABathHalf16Team

Meanwhile, People against Poverty is appealing for a keen runner to raise money by taking part in this year’s Bath Half Marathon.

Over £15 million pounds has been raised through the city’s half marathon since the Official Race Charity Scheme was launched in 2000. Every year that figure increases and entries are always oversubscribed due to its increasing popularity.

“This is a great opportunity for people to help our incredible business social enterprise which is part of the charity People against Poverty,” said Val Huxley, the charity’s chief executive.

The charity has its own project here in the UK and partners with projects abroad to alleviate poverty through sustainable and ethical means. Its aim is to provide a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out’.

People against Poverty is linked to its social enterprise, a business network, Business against Poverty. Businesses from across the south west are among its membership. Both are based in Hilperton, near Trowbridge.

The nominated fundraiser in the half marathon will be helping to contribute towards projects such as The Way of Joy in Romania, St Joseph’s Creche Orphanage in Haiti, the Starlight Scholarship in Nepal and the British project Bridging the Gap.

Anyone interested in raising money for People against Poverty and who raises over £1200 will be able to participate, free of charge, on a trip to Romania to see the work done overseas.

  • The Bath Half Marathon will be held on Sunday March 13 and booking for the event closes on Wednesday February 3.