If you have the power to give something, you have a lot to gain…

Celebrating 10 years
Learn more
10 Challenges
Learn more
10 Charities
Learn more
10 Champions
Learn more
Previous
Next
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds

To celebrate another year of supporting Greater Manchester charities, we would like to invite you to join us for the inaugural I Love MCR Power Awards ceremony held in the International Suite at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Thu, 24 November 2022

The challenges

All applications close on 1 Sep 2022

Our beneficiary charity partners have come up with a series of unique physical challenges and encourage people from Greater Manchester to take them on for their cause. We’re looking for 10 powerful people willing to take on 10 challenges, in support of 10 charities. Choose a charity challenge, apply and become a champion.

This year is the 70th Jubilee of our Patron, HM The Queen and so we will be challenging you to visit 70 selected memorials, spread across Greater Manchester, over a 2-week period, to record your findings and to share your experience.

The Soldiers Charity

The Soldiers Charity

For the first part of the challenge, you need to do a physical challenge connected to the number 10 every day for 10 days. Then encircle Greater Manchester on a bike taking in all the ten boroughs, and hitting landmarks in each of the ten town centres.

Gtr Manchester Mayor’s Charity

Gtr Manchester Mayor's Charity

Manchester is rich in sports history. Run across Greater Manchester visiting some of the 48 major Sports Venues in Greater Manchester (taking selfies at each location)

We Love MCR Charity

we_love_mcr_logo

Create a love heart around Manchester using a GPS trace and compatible tracking app – on foot – dressed in a provided love heart fancy dress costume. The total distance that must be covered is 81 miles and the challenge must be completed within 10 days. 

The Running Charity

The Running Charity

Climb all the stairs of 9 of the tallest buildings in Manchester. You will need to walk up 3 buildings a day over a 3 day period. The top 9 buildings (3 buildings x 3 days)

Cash for Kids

Cash for Kids

Locate and visit 40 iconic Manchester buildings/venues accompanied by 5ft cuddly monkey mascot Charlie who loves to travel with the team to events (taking selfies along the way)

Wipe Your Tears

Wipe Your Tears

Can you take on our swimming challenge – you swim the lengths in your local swimming pool and raise funds that will help transform the lives of children with disabilities. 64 lengths of a swimming pool is approximately one mile. You choose your distance and timescale…

Brainwave

Brainwave

Whizz around the city by bike, stopping off at 30 book-themed locations over 2 days. You will be dropping off free books at each location for children and families to find, as well as reading books aloud at every venue.

National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust

Pledge to run or walk 80km over a two-week period. In addition, you will need to complete a daily circuit of 80 burpees each, 80 star jumps and 80 sit-ups.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Run to each of the beautiful town halls across our great city region and help to demonstrate the impact and reach of Forever Manchester. It’s up to you which route you’d like to run between each town hall but we want the run to finish at Manchester Town Hall.

Forever Manchester

Forever Manchester

How to apply

  1. Fill out the application form before 1 Sep 2022;
  2. You can apply to as many challenges as you want and the I Love MCR Charity Foundation will determine the candidate taking on the challenge
  3. Wait to be notified by the I Love MCR Foundation
  4. A member of the I Love MCR team will support you throughout your journey and assist in every step of the challenge;
  5. Donate and fundraise* via our official online fundraising partner, Givegain;
  6. Find your inner power, complete the challenge within the allocated timeline and become a champion.

*The challenger is encouraged to spread the word about the challenge to their networks, fundraise and encourage people to donate, however, I Love MCR will be promoting the initiative and helping to gather donations.

Our inaugaral awards project

Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.

Manchester has power. And now there’s a new way to champion it – for a great cause.

And people all across the city region can get involved and be part of it.

Charities have been adversely affected by the ongoing pandemic. But we remain resilient, and we want to show that we are all in this together.

The I Love MCR Power Awards will do just that.

The ambition is to get people active, create awareness of the work charities do, and create the biggest fundraising legacy event the city has ever seen.

So I Love MCR selected 10 charities, and asked them to suggest 10 unique physical challenges for 10 powerful Mancs to take on.

People will be raising money for the I Love MCR Charity Foundation which raises vital funds to improve the lives and community culture of people across Greater Manchester, and supports 10 deserving beneficiary charities all based in the city region.

If you have the power to give something, you have a lot to gain…

The biggest heart in Manchester. As the city brand who likes to share the good news about everything happening in Greater Manchester, we decided to challenge people to do good, give back and create awareness for the amazing work charities do.

The I Love MCR Charity Foundation raises vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people across Greater Manchester. The fund is shared equally across a diverse array of beneficiary charities as and when it’s needed throughout the year. Learn more >>

Charity No: 1017504

Our beneficiary charities

The I Love MCR Foundation supports ten deserved beneficiary charities based in Greater Manchester, who will all equally benefit from the I Love MCR Power Awards.

Inspiring charity stories

The project partners

The valuable partners of the I Love MCR Power Awards.

See how you can be part of the biggest legacy fundraising event the city has ever seen…