Fundraising target hit

Staff at Shard End-based powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al have raised over £5,700 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity after 17 employees completed the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run in October.

The funds raised will be matched pound for pound by the company, taking the current total to over £11,000.

Group managing director Angus Mackie said: “We are so proud of all the team and the huge amount of money raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.We’d also like to say a massive thank you to all our supporters – friends, family, colleagues, suppliers and customers.Their generosity, and that of our board of directors, will make a real difference to sick children and their families.”

The Vertik-Al team comprised experienced and first-time runners.

Vertik-Al production director Andy Best (his first marathon) said:“It was a superb day, challenging yet exhilarating.The rain and a last-minute change to the route did little to dampen our spirits.The support was immense.We were cheered every step of the way.A few of us are a little sore today but we’re very pleased with our achievement.The early morning runs, aching limbs and blisters were all worth it especially when we know we smashed our fundraising target.”