University of Leicester supporting Town and Gown

Posted by es328 at Feb 20, 2017 11:53 AM |
University support for new charity run in Victoria Park, organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 20 February 2017

The University of Leicester has declared its support for the new Leicester Town and Gown charity run.

The 10k race, organised by charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, is coming to the city for the first time on Sunday 5 March.

The run will take place in Victoria Park, incorporating parts of the University's Campus.

Lewis Jones, Sport Development Officer for University of Leicester, said the run is a terrific opportunity for people of Leicester to unite for a good cause.

Lewis said: “The University is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its community impact in the city of Leicester and the Town and Gown 10k presents a fantastic chance to do so. Working alongside Muscular Dystrophy UK, the University hopes to unite the city behind a fantastic cause and raise awareness of the efforts the charity makes.”

The charity, which funds research into muscular dystrophy and provides care and support to affected families, has close links with the University through Richard Attenborough.

Lord Attenborough had supported the charity since 1962, completing 30 years as President before being made honorary life President in 2004.

The Attenborough family lived on the campus of the then-named University College Leicester for a number of years.

Lord Attenborough’s support for the charity, which also campaigns for disability rights, influenced his work in the city of Leicester. He was a devoted champion of the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts centre, which was founded to support inclusive access to the arts. The relationship between the University and the charity still exists, with a large number of students and staff already signed up for the run.

Lewis Jones added: “We will also have students from the Leicester Academy, a University sports coaching and volunteering programme, attending as volunteers to assist with the event on the day. We are extremely proud that our University community can assist Muscular Dystrophy UK in supporting their cause in a variety of ways.”

Emma Jones-Parry, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Head of Events, said: “The University’s support really puts the Gown into Town and Gown. Since its inception in Oxford in 1981, the event has been all about bringing local residents and students together to raise money for a good cause. We’re incredibly grateful to all the staff and students for their passion and enthusiasm for fundraising.

The charity and the University have joined forces to encourage residents of Leicester to join them.

Lewis Jones added: “The event offers a terrific opportunity for Leicester residents to come together and unite to raise funds to tackle a serious disease. Whether you want to run, jog or walk the 10K course you can do so knowing that you are helping to make a difference for thousands across the UK. There is no experience quite like joining hundreds of other to make a real positive impact.”

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