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Midshire run half marathon for Mellor Country House

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Four members of staff from Midshire ran a half marathon in Blackpool to raise money for two charities.

Managing Director, Julian Stafford (50), his daughter and Marketing Assistant Laura Stafford (21), Sales Manager Nick Rose (27) and Warehouse Apprentice Louis Turner (21) ran the 25th annual Great North West Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd February in aid of local charities Mellor Country House and Valley School, and volunteering charity Progressio ICS.

Sponsorship from Midshire’s suppliers Ricoh, Sharp, Lexmark and Riso has resulted in £4,000 of donations.  Each member of staff represented a different manufacturer in a “race of the manufacturers”. Julian representing Riso, Laura as Ricoh, Nick as Sharp and Louis representing Lexmark.

Now in its 25th year, the Great North West Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile route along the Blackpool promenade, which attracted over 1,000 competitors of all ages and experiences.Half Marathon

Nick won the battle of the brands in 1.39, with Louis, Laura and Julian coming in at 2.12, just seconds apart.

Midshire will make the main donation to local charity Mellor Country House, who they were introduced to through a Marketing Stockport event.

The staff at Mellor Country House are dedicated to providing breaks for financially and socially disadvantaged groups, families and carers in a safe, secure and relaxing environment. The breaks are a chance for visitors to escape their situation and circumstances, offering new experiences and opportunities. No one is excluded from accessing the service, which caters for all ages, from newborn babies, teenagers, adults right up to the elderly.

The money raised will be put towards a much needed kitchen refurbishment, and the installation of three new showers designed to work with the new pressurised water system.

Sharon Adamson from Mellor Country House said:  ‘Being a small local charity predominately dependent on voluntary donations, Midshire help will make a huge difference to us and will be massively appreciated by the people that come to stay. Every penny is accounted for and will be spent to the benefit of the charity.’

Midshire Marketing Manager Adrienne Topping said  “As a business we are always looking for new challenges and were really inspired to help Mellor Country House upon meeting them. Knowing we can make such a difference to a local charity is fantastic! It’s a relationship, which we hope to develop long-term, and continue to support them in any way we can. Last year we raised over 45k for charity, so we know we can make a significant difference if we pool resources, ideas and effort.”

Laura is going to be volunteering for Progressio ICS for 10 weeks from the 31st of March, alongside a local partnership organization working towards improving a community in Honduras in terms of education, livelihood and the environment.

Laura said “The money raised ensures that the charity can continue to send volunteers overseas. I wanted to go out of my comfort zone to raise money for Progressio ICS, and a half marathon was definitely a challenge. It’s great that we got a team together, and were able to support Mellor Country House too!”

To donate to Mellor Country House please email:

To donate to ProgressioICS please visit:

For more information, please contact Marketing Manager Adrienne Topping, email: or call: 0161 494 3376