The fundraising challenge will take place over the next 50 days in the lead up to Christmas

As we enter another national lockdown, Sensor City will be joining forces with colleagues from Liverpool Science Park, Sciontec Liverpool, Bruntwood SciTech and KQ Liverpool, to undertake a significant physical challenge, completing a distance of 500 miles within 50 days.

The Team will consist of people of all ages and abilities, individually participating by running, cycling, rowing, hiking or walking sections of the 500 mile overall goal. Their cumulative efforts will result in the completion of over 800km, the equivalent of travelling from Sensor City to John O’Groats.

Team members will track and record their run, ride or row on smart phones and watches, and an online weekly progress update will be shared throughout lockdown right up to Christmas.

The two KQ Liverpool based organisations benefitting from this fundraising activity will be The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and the Huntington’s Disease Association.

Colin Sinclair, CEO of Sciontec, said: “This team challenge will give us all something positive to focus on during lockdown.

“By supporting these two KQ Liverpool based charities, we will be helping to fund their critical research, valuable patient support and world leading treatment during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.”

Joanne Dobbie, Head of Fundraising at the Huntington’s Disease Association, said: “Having been adversely affected by Covid-19, this backing will make a huge impact in helping us to continue providing specialist advisory services and support to everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease.”

Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Having recently moved into KQ Liverpool, we are delighted that Sensor City and other prominent organisations within the world-leading innovation district are undertaking fundraising activities in support of our charity.

“This will not only benefit local people’s lives in terms of cancer care but will lead to a thriving health and life sciences sector in Liverpool for years to come.”

The LSP Team are appealing to the Liverpool City Region business community to get behind their ‘500 miles in 50 days’ fundraising campaign and would welcome any corporate sponsorship or personal donations, however small, in support of their team challenge.

To make a donation to the LSP Team ‘500 miles in 50 days’ fundraising challenge, please visit:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LSP500in50

This collaborative fundraising drive comes six months after Bruntwood SciTech’s 25% investment in Sciontec Liverpool, a spin-out company of KQ Liverpool.

Jointly owned by Liverpool City Council, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Bruntwood SciTech (a 50/50 joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General), Sciontec’s unique combination of public and private sector partners is leading to the creation of new innovative science and tech spaces, as well as jobs that will contribute to the economic empowerment of the people of Liverpool.

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