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Architects to take on China Marathon for Francis House


Architects to take on China Marathon for Francis House


"The notion of doing the Great Wall of China Marathon was initially suggested in the office as a joke as it is one of hardest marathons in the world! "
Vicky Saunders, managing director of BTP Architect



An intrepid team of fundraisers from Stockport-based BTP Architects is taking on one of the world’s most challenging marathons to raise vital funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Vicky Saunders, Leanne Taylor, Manuel Atkinson and Emma Cross, all of BTP, are currently in training for China’s Great Wall Marathon on the 18th May. The gruelling challenge attracts participants from all over the world and involves climbing up 5,164 steps, often in sweltering conditions.

Francis House offers care for children and young adults who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and provides essential support for their families. BTP Architects has supported the Greater Mnahcester based charity for a number of years.

Vicky Saunders, managing director of BTP Architects, said: “Our team has taken on various races for Francis House over the years but this will be a massive step up from our previous 10km runs and half marathons.

“In fact, the notion of doing the Great Wall of China Marathon was initially suggested in the office as a joke as it is one of hardest marathons in the world! But on reflection, the team thought it would be a great experience and a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for our company charity Francis House, which does such great work for local children and their families.

“We’re calling on our friends and supporters to give generously to keep us going in May and raise as much as possible for this important cause.”

Reality is now setting in as the fabulous four are out training most evenings and weekends before the big challenge in under two months.  

Julie Williams, fundraising officer at Francis House said: “We would like to wish the team from BTP Architects the best of luck with their fundraising quest to China and thank them for choosing Francis House as the beneficiary of this fantastic challenge event.”

You can support them via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/btp-ninjas

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