A Wirral running group is hoping to turn pre-loved kit into pounds to help a New Ferry based charity dedicated to preventing suicide.
Meols Milers is holding a sale of nearly new and brand new, unwanted items to raise money for the New Ferry-based The Martin Gallier Project.
The charity offers support across the North West of England to those in suicidal crisis along with their families. The Martin Gallier Project also provides support to those bereaved by suicide and works relentlessly to break down the stigma surrounding suicide.
The group chose the charity as it is a cause close to some of the members’ hearts. They have set themselves a target to raise £2,000 this year and the Pre-Loved Kit Sale is part of wider fundraising that started with a Mince Pie social run at Christmas.
Meols Milers are also taking on Chester Half Marathon on May 15. Around 20 runners from the group will be running the race; many of them stepping up to the half marathon distance for the first time.
Ann Currie, who founded Meols Milers in 2018, said, “We like our leggings here at Meols Milers, the jazzier the better! We were discussing the fact that many people buy and sell some of our favourite brands of leggings in buy and sell pages on Facebook and on eBay so we thought why not do that ourselves and raise the money for our chosen charity? So, the idea for the Pre-Loved Kit Sale was born.”
RK Health and Fitness stepped in quickly and offered their dance studio on Market Street, Hoylake, as a venue for the sale with no fee so that all proceeds can go to The Martin Gallier Project.
Jordan Best, Event Co-ordinator for The Martin Gallier Project said, “We were delighted when Meols Milers approached us. Each lifesaving suicide intervention costs us around £80, as you can imagine this fundraising will help so many people. We can’t thank them enough.”
The Martin Gallier Project is the only suicide intervention, prevention and postvention service in the North West of England. Their Suicide Intervention Workers provide crisis support through immediate suicide interventions on the high street with no barriers to access or waiting lists, reducing the need for clinical interventions.
Ann added, “We have already had some great donations of pre-loved kit as people have been so generous. There is lots of nearly new kit and some new with tags. It’s not just running kit but anything sports-related so there’s something for everyone!
“It’s a great way to get some kit at a much-reduced price, helping reuse some kit that may have otherwise been thrown away and raise some money for our chosen charity. We will also be selling cake!”
The sale starts at 1pm on Saturday 19 March at RK Health and Fitness, 98 Market Street, Hoylake.
The Meols Milers fundraising page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/meolsmilers
Find out more about The Martin Gallier Project: https://www.themartingallierproject.org/