22 Aug 2017

Businesses come together to get community funding on track.

By Ashleigh Mills

A host of local businesses have come together to show their support for the community, by signing up to run as part of the LoveBrum team for the upcoming Birmingham International Marathon. Led by LoveBrum trustee and charity fundraiser, Tim Andrews, the 20-strong team is aiming to raise £40,000 for local projects this October.


The LoveBrum team includes both seasoned runners and novices alike; all of whom will be taking in the 26.2 mile event on 15 October. Leading the charge is local business man and charity trustee Tim Andrews, who has already completed eight marathons around the world and is now looking ahead to the first one in his hometown:


“It’s so fantastic that Birmingham is hosting its own marathon; when I look at the marathons I’ve completed around the world – in cities like London, Boston, New York, and Tokyo – you see just how much they unite the community.


“I see a huge opportunity for Birmingham; bringing everyone together for the weekend and showcasing the sights that feature as part of the course. Added to that, of course, the LoveBrum team has the chance to create a lasting legacy from the marathon by raising funds that stay here in the city and make a real impact.


The Birmingham International Marathon is part of the newly-formed Great Run British Marathon Series and will start at the Alexander Stadium, a venue that has seen some of the world’s best athletes – including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt – compete. The route will take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and will finish in the city centre. For less seasoned runners, there is also an option to compete in the half marathon instead.


“This event is exactly what LoveBrum is all about – bringing people together, from all walks of life, to make an impact. We founded the charity to support smaller and often unknown projects that are happening across our community, which are making a real difference. We’ve already given tens of thousands of pounds to projects that cover everything from bereavement and mental health, to homelessness and community inclusion, and the money the team raises will add to this even further,” Tim concludes.


The LoveBrum marathon team includes 20 members, one of whom is Gary Poulton, star of BBC show ‘The Apprentice’:


“I think it’s so important for the city to get behind an event like this; it brings thousands of people to Birmingham, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and gives us all a chance to give back. Our training has already begun and I can’t wait to get out there and make a difference in October. I’d urge everyone to do the same,” comments Gary.


The LoveBrum runners are now calling out for community support – donating much-needed funds to help local projects thrive. Last year alone, LoveBrum showcased over 50 local projects, awarded over £24,000 and impacted thousands of people across the city.


If you’d like to support the LoveBrum team and raise money that will stay here in the city, you can donate via their JustGiving page, as well as turning up on 15 October to support everyone running,


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