Corporate sponsors rally around Gingerbread man’s 192 mile marathon run

Companies are rallying around to support an ultra marathon runners efforts for a North Staffordshire charity. 

Andy Bush is running the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days across the fells of Northern England to raise funds for the Gingerbread Centre. 

A seasoned marathon runner, Andy decided to complete the challenge to mark his 50th birthday and to raise funds for the Stoke-on-Trent based charity where he is chief executive. 

Stoke-on-Trent based companies Myers and Co and Barringtons have rallied round the cause, each pledging to sponsor a day of the run, and further support has been received from the Gingerbread Centre’s IT provider, IBIT Solutions Ltd. 

Now Andy is urging more companies to pledge their support for the charity which provides accommodation and advice to vulnerable men and women from its bases in Normacot and Hanley. 

“Ideally, I am looking to get seven sponsors for the seven days,” said Andy. “Times are tough for all charities at the moment and we are all looking at innovative ways of raising extra funding.  

“I wanted to complete the Coast to Coast as both a personal challenge to mark my 50th birthday and to help The Gingerbread Centre.”  

Andy is no stranger to long distance running, completing more than 100 marathons and competing in day long ultra marathons. 

The marathon will start when Andy dips his toe in the sea at St Bees, Cumbria, on Sunday, 26 May. 

Seven days and 192 miles later, Andy plans to arrive at Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire accompanied by supporters and staff who are completing the last seven miles of the trek as a sponsored walk. 

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Notes to Editors: 

If you would like to support this fundraising effort you can:-

  • Donate by Text: to The Gingerbread Centre by texting GMAN 92 followed by £ the amount you wish to donate to 70070 
  • Donate Online: simply log on to www.c2cgbc.co.uk and click on the Donate Button or www.justgiving.com/Andy-Bush