Town set to get behind Sport Relief weekend

From Left to Right:Karen Croft, Mall Service Manager, Richard Paxton, Centre Director, Dale Smith, Customer Service Officer
From Left to Right:Karen Croft, Mall Service Manager, Richard Paxton, Centre Director, Dale Smith, Customer Service Officer

WIGAN folk are gearing up to back this week’s Sport Relief.

Staff at The Galleries shopping centre kicked off the event today, holding their Wacky Wig Wednesday to raise money for the charity.

Bosses at the shopping centre have persuaded as many staff as possible to wear a wig for the day to raise funds for the charity by donating a minimum of £2.

Those taking part will wear their wig all day whether cleaning, security or attending meetings.

A number of collection buckets will be circulated around the shopping centre for shoppers to donate money for the event too.

Richard Paxton, centre director of The Galleries, said: “It is great to be involved with a fund-raising event that helps make a difference to so many people’s lives.

“We encourage our retailers, shoppers and visitors to the centre to support our staff in raising money for this worthwhile cause.”

All sorts of other activities are taking place across the borough, including the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, which will is being held right across the country.

Wigan’s fourth mile will go ahead at Robin Park this Sunday and it still isn’t too late to enter at www.sportrelief.com.

As one of the UK’s biggest fund-raising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives and Wigan isn’t any different.

The Sports Relief event is being held at both Robin Park Sports Arena and Leigh Harriers and Athletics club and is set to be an incredible event.

Entrants don’t have to be sporty to take part, but can choose to complete one, three or six miles knowing that all the money raised will help to change the lives of people living unimaginably tough lives right here on our doorstep, across the rest of the UK and in some the world’s poorest countries.

St Andrew’s Primary School in Springfield will also be holding their own special Sport Relief mile.

All the children are set to take part with some of the older ones doing certain challenges while running.

Wigan Athletic mascots Phoenix and Blue are also set to join the youngsters.

Elite Karting will hold a sponsored endurance event tomorrow from 9am-9pm.

Races will take place every hour on the hour with teams paying £60 to compete with profits going to charity. For more information, call 01942 829697.

Staff at Ryman’s stationary in the Galleries, the official sponsor of Sport Relief, have been holding events all week.

Manager Alison Stone took part in a 30-mile walk on Sunday while this Friday, staff will be holding a special Wii-fit day in store and invite customers to play for a donation to the charity.

The store are also selling special Sport Relief pens for £1 with every penny going directly to the charity.

Staff at the Leigh branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland will be joined by players from Leigh Centurions on Friday as they take part in a special bike-a-thon, while youngsters at the Vale nursery in Appley Bridge will take part in a sponsored obstacle course.