Leeds: Jane Tomlinson’s funds brighten up young lives

Pictured (left to right) Chloe Coles, 19, (Jane Tomlinson Appeal Fundraiser), Lisa Wayman, from Arena Group who are sponsoring this years event, Colette Thompson, Senior Radiographer, Mike Tomlinson, and Patient Harshita Tibrewal, five.
Pictured (left to right) Chloe Coles, 19, (Jane Tomlinson Appeal Fundraiser), Lisa Wayman, from Arena Group who are sponsoring this years event, Colette Thompson, Senior Radiographer, Mike Tomlinson, and Patient Harshita Tibrewal, five.
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WHAT a difference a year makes!

That was the message at yesterday’s launch of the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Jane Tomlinson Arena Group Mini and Junior Run.

The launch took place in the waiting area of the children’s X-ray and ultrasound department at Leeds General Infirmary.

It has been given a colourful new lease of life during a refurbishment funded by the proceeds of 2010’s junior run.

The run is one of a number of annual athletics events held in memory of the late Leeds fundraising heroine, Jane Tomlinson.

Speaking at the launch, Jane’s widower, Mike, said: “It’s such a huge contrast here to how it was before. Seeing the transformation makes all the work that goes into the run worthwhile.”

Mike, from Rothwell, was joined at the event by department staff member Colette Thompson, who worked with radiographer Jane at LGI before her death from cancer in 2007.

This year’s junior run will be held on Sunday, May 8, the same day as the Leeds Half Marathon.

It will set off from Millennium Square in Leeds city centre and follow two courses – one of 2.5km, for nine to 14-year-olds, and another of 1.5km, for three to eight-year-olds.

Sponsored by Robin Hood-based printing and electronic documents firm Arena Group, the free-to-enter run’s capacity has been increased from last year’s 1,100 to 1,500.

For more details, visit the www.runforall.com website.

paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk

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