More than 45 J D Wetherspoon employees from Northern Ireland swapped pouring pints for pounding the pavement as they tackled the Belfast City Marathon.
They were running to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.
J D Wetherspoon is the charity’s longest-standing corporate partner and recently hit the £10million milestone in fundraising. Funds raised by the pub chain have gone towards CLIC Sargent’s work, including the building of two new Homes from Home in Belfast, which allow families to stay together close to the hospitals where children and young people are treated for cancer.
J D Wetherspoon raised almost £120,000 for the Northern Ireland Appeal to build the two homes from home. The first home, which caters for children and their families being treated in The Royal Victoria Hospital, opened in February 2014. A second home, for teenagers and young adults being treated at Belfast City Hospital and Cancer Centre, is due to open towards the end of this year.
Pubs from nine Northern Ireland put forward teams for this year’s Belfast City Marathon.
Darren Niven, Area Manager, said: “Some of us had completed the course before but for some members of the team it was the first time they had taken part.
There’s always a fantastic atmosphere on the day and we were delighted to be running to raise funds for such a great charity.
“J D Wetherspoon has been supporting CLIC Sargent since 2002 and we’re all passionate about the work it does for children and young people with cancer.”
Liz Lowrey, CLIC Sargent Senior Account Manager, said: “We’re so proud of all the runners from J D Wetherspoon who took part in the Belfast City Marathon. The funds they raised will go towards CLIC Sargent’s vital work supporting the ten children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.”
Teams from the following J D Wetherspoon pubs took in the Belfast City Marathon:
Tuesday Bell, County Antrim
Spinning Mill, County Antrim
Central Bar, County Antrim
Spirit Merchant, County Down
Old Courthouse, County Londonderry
Diamond, County Londonderry
Bridge House, County Antrim
Linen Hall, County Fermanagh
Ice Wharf (Lloyds No.1), County Londonderry