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Hospice to mark fun run's long run; SUTTON.

THE Royal Sutton Fun Run, which took place annually for 21 years, is to be commemorated in the town.

The main treatment room at Sutton Coldfield's new St Giles Hospice will be named after the event, which started in 1982 and raised pounds 1.2 million for good causes before it came to an end.

The move comes after years of wrangling between the fun run executive committee and Good Hope Hospital Trust, which had agreed to name a ward after the fun run in return for a pounds 15,000 donation. When the agreement fell through, the fun run committee decided that the St Giles Hospice - due to open in the spring - would be a worthy recipient of the money.

Anne Sendall, former chairman of the fun run, said: "I'm delighted we have been able to achieve our objective of creating a permanent commemoration to celebrate 21 hugely successful years of the Royal Sutton Fun Run."

The cash will be used to buy equipment for the treatment room.

The Royal Sutton Fun Run was replaced by Great Midlands Fun Run, which will be held on Sunday, June 3.

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