Wigan group to take part in a fancy dress 5K to raise money for the Hamlet

A Wigan running group will take part in a fancy dress 5K to support local young people with additional needs.
The 5K will take place at Three SistersThe 5K will take place at Three Sisters
The 5K will take place at Three Sisters

The event, taking place at the Three Sisters on December 13, will raise money for the Hamlet, which continues Hope School’s Legacy provision and helps 19 to 25-year-olds to progress to full-time unsupported employment or voluntary work.

Julie Pennington is delighted to be involved in the organising of the 5K.

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She said: “It’s something we do every year with our walking and running group, and all the proceeds go to the Hamlet. We get people to come in Christmas fancy dress. Some people make the effort and others just wear a hat.

“I always wear a big elf t-shirt and a hat, with red and green socks. We give out a glitter reindeer award for the best dressed person, and Coun (Chris) Ready will be judging this year.”

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The Hamlet has a number of different community facilities including a cafe and shop, which provides multiple opportunities for the trainees to improve their skill set.

“We try to get the trainees involved when we can. The Hamlet does a good job at helping them with basic skills. It came and changed a rundown hut into a wonderful cafe for the local community.

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“Our group of friends have got to know them and want to offer support, purely because it is such a worthwhile opportunity for these people.

“I really want to raise the profile of them, because the more people we get involved, the more support there will be.”

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