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Forward Role teams up with dozens of creative, marketing & digital agencies across the North West to raise money for the NHS

Author: Steve Thompson
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Forward Role is delighted to be helping to coordinate dozens of creative, marketing and digital agencies across the North West who have teamed up to raise thousands of pounds for the NHS - by running a marathon between each business.


We’d like more businesses to join us in our target to raise £10,000!!

Here’s what you need to do….

Assemble a team of colleagues, friends and family to run Thursday 7th May.

Divide 26.2 miles between your team members, run your leg and record it using a running app.


The Bind team in training


The idea was the brain-child of Oli Hopkinson, joint founder of digital marketing agency, Bind, and one of the founding members of the Agency Leaders Network who are organising the event.


The money raised will be split between Forever Manchester and the Manchester University NHS Trust. £5,000 is the target for the agency group’s Just Giving page, which will be matched by the Hoppy Trust to make up the full amount.


Forever Manchester is helping the city’s most vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak with food banks, mental health initiatives and check-ins for older people or anyone who needs a helping hand. The money raised for the Manchester University NHS Trust will be used to buy tablets for patients to speak to loved ones.


Oliver said: “The effects of lockdown are being felt far and wide. We wanted to launch an initiative to support those in greatest need of help and to encourage folks to reach out to one another.


“As a proud Mancunian, Forever Manchester is a charity close to my heart and the Hoppy Trust is doing some amazing work to support those directly affected by this terrible illness, including raising money for the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. It’s also a great way for agencies and businesses to get involved with a fantastic initiative, whilst engaging their teams in something different during lockdown.


Steve Thompson, founder of the Agency Leaders Network and Forward Role, said: “The Agency Leaders Network was created in 2019 with the idea of creating a community to share best practice, collaborate on projects or problems and be a force for good in the North West region."

"The group has grown quickly with over 50 agencies now involved across the creative, digital and marketing sectors. We want to raise as much as we can for the amazing charities we’ve chosen, so please dig deep to support us.”

"If you don’t want to run, please donate money via our Just Giving page:

Or you can donate an old tablet to the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust”

If any business leaders would like to submit a team and get running, they can contact Steve or Oli via

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