LTE Group runners smash fundraising target

It was smiles all round for LTE Group runners who are set to raise £10,000 for Francis House Children’s Hospice following the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10k.

Over 100 colleagues from across the Group had quadrupled their £1,000 charity target even before starting yesterday’s race, with almost £4,500 pledged through

Now the fundraising total is set to reach £10,000 after proud LTE Group chief executive John Thornhill pledged to match whatever donations are made by the end of the week.

Over 100 colleagues from across the Group faced sweltering temperatures of up to 23 degrees celsius as they raced round the challenging 10k course cheered on by crowds of thousands.

Wearing white The Kirsty Club T-shirts and joined by Kirsty’s parents Lynn and Steve Howard, the talented team joined thousands of runners, joggers and walkers taking on the charity challenge for their favourite cause.

The team’s sterling efforts raised funds for the Group’s chosen charity Francis House Children’s Hospice in honour of former student of The Manchester College and prolific fundraiser Kirsty Howard who raised over £7.5m for the hospice.

As a tribute to Kirsty, the Group recently renamed its main building at the Wythenshawe campus ‘Howard House’ in her memory, and announced the hospice as its chosen charity for the year.

John Thornhill said: “A big congratulations and thank you must go to all our LTE Group colleagues who have trained so hard for the 10k and helped to raise thousands of pounds for our chosen charity Francis House Children’s Hospice.

“Taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run is a wonderful way for us to give something back and, despite the hot conditions, they ran really well with some great times.

“I’m pleased to be able to say that we will match the final fundraising figure raised.”  

Jane O’Connell, team co-ordinator, said: “Yesterday’s Great Manchester Run was a physically and emotionally tiring day, and absolutely well worth every minute and metre of it.

“Each LTE Group runner is a real hero so a big thank you must go to everyone who took part yesterday as well as everyone who supported us.”

Donations can still be made via

Francis House Children’s Hospice is a Manchester based hospice which provides care for children with life threatening or limiting conditions. Find out more at

The LTE Group is an integrated education and skills provider incorporating The Manchester College, UCEN Manchester, Novus, MOL and Total People.

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