The winner of a vote by members of Royton Road Runners for their Charity of the Year for 2022 is Kidneys for Life. This Manchester-based charity supports research into kidney disease, transplantation & dialysis as well as providing vital medical equipment for renal & transplant patients. Kidneys for Life was a very popular choice as the RRR Charity of the Year for 2020 & given the restrictions we were under for most of that year, RRR members have decided to raise funds for them again in what will hopefully be a more 'normal' year.
The club will aim to raise money for this worthy cause through various events in 2022. If you have any ideas for an event or would like to organise one, please get in touch. If you are doing your own fundraising for this charity (e.g. through sponsorship for running a marathon or other event) please let us know.
In previous years Royton Road Runners has regularly supported Dr Kershaw's Hospice in Royton. Between 2011-2016 we donated more than £12,000 to the hospice, through club events & individual fundraising efforts. We also provided more practical help, including 'community days' spent painting or working on the hospice gardens. After one such event (pictured), Barry Ulyatt from the hospice said, "Everyone did a great job - the fences all look as though they belong to someone now, visitors can park without encountering overhanging shrubs & the front of the hospice is looking far more welcoming. Many thanks to all who helped & to everyone at Royton Road Runners for their fundraising efforts & support, it is very much appreciated."
Other organisations supported as RRR Charity of the Year in previous years are the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team (2015), Crohn's & Colitis UK (2017) & Maggie's Oldham (2018), Springhill Hospice (2019), Kidneys for Life (2020) & Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind (2021).
In their Spring 2021 newsletter, Kidneys for Life wrote about what our fundraising efforts meant to the charity - you can read the article here (see page 21).