Our President Gemma Atkinson took part in the AJ Bell Great Manchester 10k Run this Sunday (26 May 2024) to raise money for the Sanctuary. Gemma set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for our animals and was overwhelmed with the response.

Before the race, Gemma said: “I’m doing the Manchester 10k, hate running, don’t enjoy it but it’s for Bleakholt, our local animal sanctuary which I’m president of and we rely solely on donations, volunteers and fundraising to keep us going. I’ve got so many followers and if those that could donated even £2, it’s going to make a massive, massive difference to our sanctuary.”

She continued: “It would just be incredible and you’ll be helping loads of animals get re-homed. Thank you so much in advance if you can help.”

And by Tuesday morning (May 21), Gemma was thrilled to have seen how much had been donated so far after setting a £1,000 target. “Just having my coffee and I’ve just checked the donation page and I’m at over £4,000 already for Bleakholt,” she said in surprise! But there was a bigger surprise to come!

As at Tuesday 28th, she had raised £13,608 for our animals!

Huge congratulations to Gemma who completed the Run on Sunday (despite not being a running fan).

Massive thank you to Gemma and to everyone who sponsored her. We are absolutely thrilled!