GALLERY: Fun run in aid of Nathan hailed a big success

Nathan Christy
Nathan Christy

A family fun run held in memory of a Wigan man has been declared a big success.

Noreen and John Christy from Beech Hill organised the event at Haigh Woodland Park as part of a campaign to rid the stigma associated with mental health issues and to raise awareness.

Their son Nathan commited suicide in 2016 and the run was held on what would have been his 27th birthday.

They had set a target of attracting 250 runners and were delighted to see that more than that number took to either the 1k or 5k routes.

Participants were charged £3 or £5 entry fees, and while the final tally hasn’t been reckoned yet, organisers hope they will have topped £800.

The total was boosted by another £200 by a fun day at the Springfield pub.

Proceeds will be shared between three mental health causes: Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), North West Boroughs Healthcare and Action for Children.