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Vangarde links up with children’s charity for fundraising activities

Runners from York University, who will run in the Budapest Marathon later this month, will be raising money at Vangarde Shopping Park for UK children’s charity NSPCC.

Vangarde linked up with the charity to ensure the runners had a suitable location to raise money towards their target of £40,000 before they run in Hungary on October 11th.

The runners will be handing out trolley token key rings, pin badges and Christmas cards to visitors to Vangarde on Sunday October 5th. Donations received can help the NSPCC support vulnerable and abused children.

Jackie Dawson, NSPCC community fundraising manager for York, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that such a large team of 29 runners from York University are taking part in The Budapest Marathon for us on October 11th.

“I know that they have all been training hard and are really looking forward to the challenge.

“Please help support them on Sunday at the Vangarde Shopping Park and help them try to reach their fundraising target of £40,000 for the NSPCC.”

Commenting on running the Budapest Marathon for the NSPCC, Tom Allen, 23, from York, said: “This year, I’ve been doing a lot more sports and joined the cycling and triathlon clubs at the University, but really wanted to do something that would not only allow me to train but also help a good cause.

“A group of people at York University were signing up for this marathon and I really wanted to take part and help the NSPCC.

“We’re all really looking forward to Budapest – it will be a challenge, but I can’t wait.”

The Budapest Marathon has developed over 29 years to become a major athletic event in Europe, with more than 22,000 runners from over 60 countries running competitively or for charity.

Vangarde Shopping Park Manager Deb O’Donnell said: “The York University students are running for a fantastic cause and we are delighted to provide them with somewhere to raise money and meet their target.

“We always look to involve ourselves in the community where we can and we hope to be able to support the NSPCC with any fundraising events in the future.”