Singing star Jane calls for Leeds runners to back elderly in need

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A YORKSHIRE celebrity is urging people to get in the running for the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Singing sensation and television presenter Jane McDonald is getting behind the YEP-backed Age UK run, which will raise much needed funds for the charity’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.

This year’s race, which will take place on Sunday, November 18, is 10k long for adults and 2k long for youngsters aged from eight to 15 years olds.

Yorkshire-born Jane said: “Staying well and seeing family and friends should be something we’re all looking forward to this winter.

“However 44 per cent of people aged 65 and over in Yorkshire and Humber say they feel lonely, so I’m urging everyone to get their trainers on and walk, jog or run the Leeds Abbey Dash next month to raise much needed funds.

“The money raised makes a real difference locally by helping to fund much-needed services to help people in later life have a brighter winter, so get running!”

The race will start and finish on The Headrow in Leeds city centre.

Participants who sign up to the run will this year be raising funds for Age UK’s annual ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign, which helps hundreds of thousands of older people keep warm and well during the colder months.

Some of the funds will also go towards delivering and supporting the Befriending service offered by Age UK Leeds, which provides home visits from volunteers.

The service aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness by matching a suitable volunteer with an older person in need.

The befriender shares a few hours each week with an older person in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home and in some cases are able to regain confidence to participate in social activities within the community.

To take part in the race, which costs up to £20 for adults or £6 for the junior race, visit, call 0800 169 8787 or e-mail

DONATION: The cheque for �27,317 is handed over to Epilepsy Action.

Ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds’s £27,000 charity total