Ruby runners stride out in Shrewsbury for charity appeal - with pictures

A showground turned red for a good cause as the inaugural 5K Ruby Run, in aid of a cancer treatment centre, got out of the starting blocks.

The event for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund saw around 250 supporters don running shoes for the Shropshire charity which raises money for a treatment hub for cancer and blood disorder patients.

On Saturday the West Midlands Showground, in Shrewsbury, turned into a sea of red to mark the 40th anniversary of the fund's Ruby Appeal which aims to raise £1.25 million by June.

Lingen Davies CEO Naomi Atkin said: "The Ruby Run has been a great fun event. We had about 250 people taking part and all the proceeds will go towards the Lingen Davies £1.25 million 40th anniversary appeal. It was lovely to see so many families taking part and having fun while raising money for a brilliant local cause.

The Lingen Davies 5K Ruby Run

"We now have less than £100,000 to go to reach our appeal target so this will help us edge closer to the end.

"This was the first ever Lingen Davies Colour Run so we’re really pleased with the day and we hope it will be the first of many. We’ve got plenty of feedback and ideas to make next year bigger and better. A massive thanks go to everyone who took part, and the west mid showground for hosting us."

Yesterday, a Mothering Sunday afternoon tea was due to be held at Hodnet Hall in aid of the fund.

Next Sunday, Ludford Duo and Andrew Crabtree will host a classical concert for cello and piano at Cleobury Parish Hall, Church Street, Cleobury Mortimer at 3pm. Tickets cost £7 and £6 with refreshments. More details on 01299 272300.

Recent donations towards the anniversary appeal include £10,500 awarded by Telford Tree of Light.

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