Little feet run up a big amount for children’s charity

A Leeds charity that helps children with special needs and their families is £5,000 better off thanks to the efforts of hundreds of big-hearted youngsters.

They took part in the Arena Group Leeds Mini and Junior Run to raise money for SNAPS.

Organised by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, the event is open to youngsters aged between three and 14 and is the biggest free mass participation children's event in Yorkshire.

It takes place on the same day as the Leeds Half Marathon - this year held on May 11th - and children running are encouraged to raise a small amount of money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal or another charity of their choice.

This year the Appeal supported SNAPS, which currently helps over 350 families each year. Services provided by the 10-year-old charity include hydrotherapy sessions with qualified physiotherapists, swimming lessons with qualified instructors, dance classes along with practical help, advice and information.

SNAPS was aiming to raise £5,000 target through the mini and junior run - enough money to fund 286 hydrotherapy sessions, 162 swimming lessons or dance classes for a year.

Angela Furminger, SNAPS general manager, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have hit our £5,000 target.

"It was wonderful to see so many children taking part in the event and we are enormously grateful to everyone who supported us."

Adrian Fitzpatrick, managing director of Wakefield-based Arena Group, said: "All the children who took part can be justly proud of their effort and it is excellent that so much money was raised for such a worthy cause as SNAPS."

Siobhan Curtis, Legacy Manager of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: "Wherever possible, money raised by the Appeal is distributed locally. We're thrilled that we've been able to support such a great local cause."

For more information on SNAPS go to www.snaps-vol.org.uk

Entries for next year's Leeds Half Marathon, to be held on May 10th, are now open. Go to www.runforall.com