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Manchester creative and digital agencies raise £17,000 for local charities to help fight Covid19

Local creative and digital agencies team up to take part in a marathon relay for charity

Over 40 local creative, marketing and digital agencies have raised £17,000 for two Greater Manchester charities supporting vulnerable people during the Covid19 crisis.

The agencies teamed up to take part in a marathon relay, completing a total of 1101 miles between them and smashing their original target of £10,000.

£5,000 has been donated to the Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Charity to buy 50 tablets which will be distributed to local hospitals and used by patients to keep in touch with loved ones they are unable to see during this difficult time.

The balance of the funds raised have been presented to Forever Manchester and will be used to help the city’s most vulnerable people during the Covid19 outbreak with food banks, mental health initiatives and check-ins for older people or anyone who needs a helping hand.

The initiative was spearheaded by Oli Hopkinson, joint founder of digital marketing agency Bind, supported by the Agency Leaders Network.

“The people of Manchester are very special, and when the going gets tough we unite and strive to make a difference,” said Oli. “The businesses involved in this initiative put aside the fact they compete with each other on a daily basis and came together with a common goal. The support has been amazing. This is the place.”

You can still donate to the cause via the Just Giving page.


Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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