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The final run-down: £27,004.29 raised for Centre 56

Alex stands holding up the finish line ribbon, surrounded by supporters

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On a cool February morning at 6am, the Centre 56 team stood at Hunts Cross Station preparing to wave Alex Rigby off on his 56-mile challenge.

6 months of training, planning, promoting, and hoping, finally, came together into a day that did not disappoint!

6am at Hunt's Cross Station, 10 runners stand ready to start the relay with Alex

With the last of the pledged donations arriving this week, we are delighted to announce his final total stands at an incredible £27,004.29 – and there are so many people we’d like to thank!

Centre 56 Manager, Paula Graves said: “It felt like the whole of Liverpool had rallied behind Alex for this challenge and we’re so thankful to every single person who took part in the relay and all those who helped make the event the huge success it was.

“Centre 56 has been quietly doing what we do for more than 50 years now, and having this opportunity to tell everyone about that and the difference they can make to our little ones and their families has meant the world.”

“We’re so proud of Alex for completing this challenge, and for the incredible progress he has made in his role as our Fundraising Officer! We’ve never had support like this before and it’s really exciting!”

Alex completed the challenge in 11 hours and 39 minutes and was supported throughout by relay teams from local businesses, community organisations and running clubs. Almost £3,000 was donated to his challenge on the day, with bucket collectors in Merseyrail Stations, local cafés collecting and donations flooding in online.

Alex said, “It was the most amazing day, and I couldn’t believe how generous everyone was from the start. While it’s a fantastic amount, it was just as important to me to raise awareness of what Centre 56 does, spreading the word around the city region and uniting the community for our cause!”

“I’m excited for what we’ll be able to do in the future, working with all the new connections we’ve made through this challenge to make even more good things happen for Centre 56.”

Watch how the day unfolded here:

We’d like to thank absolutely everyone who took part in this, with special thanks to our partners at Merseyrail who helped us plan the day and spread the word! We’d also like to thank all the businesses and organisations that got involved:

  • AA Woods
  • AFC Aigburth
  • Ainsdale cricket club
  • Amazon LPL2
  • Asda Community Champion’s
  • Azure Group
  • BBC Radio Merseyside
  • Bootle FC
  • Bowled Over Catering
  • CCPW – Commercial Pressure Washing
  • Colin Ball Electrical
  • Delta Taxis
  • First Person project
  • Five Bodies Wellbeing
  • George Gerrys
  • Global Radio
  • Hotel Aneill
  • Howdens
  • ITV North West News
  • Johnstons Home improvement
  • Kenna & Turner Funereal Directors
  • Kiosk Coffee
  • Kirkdale Boxing Club
  • Liverpool Live Radio
  • Liverpool Running Club
  • Manifestive CIC
  • Marsh Lane Harriers
  • McNamaras Sports bar
  • Printed Communications
  • PSD sports lounge
  • Red Light Therapy
  • RISE Framework
  • Rotunda
  • Social Striders
  • St. James Place Wealth Management
  • Sweatbox Gym
  • The Good Catch – Freshfields
  • The Hot Tub Guy
  • The Medlock Hotel & Melrose Pub
  • The Melrose Pub
  • The Prison Service Charity Fund
  • The Regenda Group
  • Transalpino
  • Verselec

And of course, all our volunteers!

We’ll see you all next year for the next one 👀


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