13 August 2021

Bolton-based company, Barry Bennett Ltd., is helping Venture Arts field its biggest ever team for the Great Manchester Run. 

  Last year’s iconic event was cancelled due to Covid-19. This left us with a hole in our events fundraising target. We're so pleased it’s back this year!   We now have a team of 19 (thanks to Venture Arts staff, artists and their family members, volunteers and supporters) doing the Great Manchester Run 10k, Half Marathon or Couch to 5k challenge!   In addition, our friends at Bolton-based Barry Bennett - the UK's leading supplier of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) assistive technology equipment - have almost doubled our runners to 35.   This makes Team Venture Arts 2021 the biggest we have ever had for the Great Manchester Run!   Huge thanks to everybody who is lining up to help raise sponsorship.   Funds raised will allow our artists to keep coming to Venture Arts in a Covid-safe way. We have had to reduce the daily capacity in the main studio, make significant changes to the space, and pay for ongoing extra cleaning and PPE equipment. We are now delivering our sessions across several spaces, and with social distancing in place, this requires more resources and increases our running costs.   Our original fundraising goal was to raise at least £4,000. Now, with Barry Bennett’s help, we’re confident that we can smash this target! This will help to provide the support our neurodiverse and learning disabled artists need and deserve! Barry Bennett helps create the biggest ever 'Team Venture Arts' for the Great Manchester Run!   

Join the Team!

A drawing of a rabbit and a tortoise with the text less haste more speed There is still just about time to sign up to run for us (email Kathryn at events@venturearts.org). Don’t delay, as you need to give yourself plenty of time to train and get 'run-ready'.     Our Team members will receive:
  • a digital support pack to help them with their fundraising efforts
  • a ‘Less haste, more speed!’ race T-shirt, specially designed by one of our artists, Sally Hirst (artwork pictured above)
  • an athlete-inspired souvenir print by one of our other artists, Michael Nash, to celebrate completing their 5k, 10k or Half Marathon.
  • there will also be some fun prizes up for grabs!


Support us - donate to Team Venture Arts

  If running’s not for you, you can still help us get over the line by donating to Team Venture Arts here. Or, if you know one of our Team Venture Arts runners, you can sponsor them direct, via their own Just Giving page.   Go Team Venture Arts!
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