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FORMER Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has called on running and keep-fit enthusiasts to raise £10,000 for the Northern Ireland’s Hospice’s rebuild project in Belfast.

The MLA, well known for his love of running, is taking part in the SPAR Craic 10k, Belfast’s first urban 10k run on St Patrick’s Day, and believes the event can make a difference for everyone in Northern Ireland.

He said: “The Northern Ireland Hospice is for all of the community across Northern Ireland, so it is vital that the new Adult Hospice is up and running as soon as possible. The Hospice has done a wonderful job in raising more than £11m for the rebuild but we still need £1.9m to ensure its completion.

“We can target £10,000 to raise from the SPAR Craic 10k for Northern Ireland Hospice; that would make a big difference. This is going to be a great occasion for Belfast on St Patrick’s Day and it’s going to be special to be part of the inaugural SPAR Craic 10k.”

The race will leave City Hall at 9am, linking West and East Belfast as the route passes through the Gaeltacht and Cathedral Quarters before finishing at Titanic Slipways.

The new Northern Ireland dementia-friendly adult hospice is scheduled for completion later this year and is set to become a world leader in palliative and end-of-life care.

To sign up for the SPAR Craic 10k and raise funds for NI Hospice, contact:

Darren.Crozier@nihospice.org or call 028 9077 7123.

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