STAFF at a manufacturing business are hoping to raise money for a local charity which helps people working with dementia, depression or loneliness.

A team of 12 staff from Cod Beck Blenders, based in Thirsk, will be taking part in this year’s Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All Marathon corporate relay next month.

The team of people from across the business will be raising funds for the Sporting Memories Foundation, a charity which supports volunteers working with older people to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness.

The charity, which has its headquarters in Topcliffe, uses archive sporting images and memorabilia to trigger long-held favourite memories and promote wellbeing.

Already the teams have raised £1,100 and are nearly halfway towards reaching their combined target of £3,000.

The 26.2 mile marathon, sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire, takes place in York on October 14. Teams of six complete the distance between them in relay.

Managing director of Cod Beck Blenders, Steve Meyer, said: “I got the idea from my wife who works for another local business and was entering a team for them and, as Cod Beck Blenders is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, it seemed particularly fitting.

“The response from the Cod Beck crew was so positive that we ended up entering two teams.

“We have a mix of regular runners and complete novices, so training has been fun and it’s been a great teambuilding exercise. Individually, we know that none of us could take on a marathon, but together you can do anything.

“Many thanks to everyone who has supported us in raising money for this fantastic charity. Coincidentally, I will be running the same leg as my wife, so my main aim will be to keep up with her.”

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