Revitalise CEO Chris Simmonds has helped launch the Simplyhealth Great South Run at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today, 26 January.
National disabled people’s charity Revitalise was announced as Simplyhealth’s nominated charity for the 2017 Simplyhealth Great Run Series earlier this month.
Chris joined Team GB Rio Olympics runner Andy Vernon and a team of Royal Marines, who have signed up for the run, and representatives from Simplyhealth and the Great Run Company to officially launch the event.
As nominated charity for the Great Run Series, Revitalise is hoping to benefit both financially and in terms of public awareness as a result of its association with Simplyhealth. Under the arrangement, runners enrolling for any of the Great Runs without a chosen charity will be encouraged to run for Revitalise.
Revitalise has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Simplyhealth through its ‘Before Breaking Point’ initiative, which was set up in 2013 and provides funding for disabled people and carers in financial hardship to take much-needed respite breaks with the charity.
Chris Simmonds commented:
“Revitalise has been very fortunate to have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Simplyhealth; their staff have come to see us at our holiday centres, volunteered with us, donated products and even produced a video about us. Now they have done us the enormous honour of appointing us their nominated charity for the Great Run Series. We are enormously grateful to Simplyhealth.
“It is only through the support of companies such as Simplyhealth, who recognise the enormous value of what we do, that we are able to continue enriching the lives of disabled people and carers and reaching out to even more people in need of our support.”
The Simplyhealth Great South Run gives participants a unique opportunity to run through Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, passing iconic landmarks such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.
The Great Runs have become the UK’s biggest mass participation running series and include events in cities including Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Edinburgh.