Charity 96-mile run planned in memory of Hillsborough

Hillsborough to Anfield runners
Image caption Runners start training for the challenge

Fundraisers are planning to run 96 miles from Sheffield to Liverpool in memory of the 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

The second annual Hillsborough to Anfield charity three-day run will start on 4 April, organisers said.

The first event raised £15,000 for the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

April's event will raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Sheffield's Children's Hospital.

Seven runners will undertake the challenge, supported by a team of three physiotherapists and 10 other helpers.

The group is appealing for donations.

'Bring some good'

Team leader Dominic Williams said: "The Hillsborough tragedy badly affected many people from both Liverpool and Sheffield.

"One of the things we're trying to do with this run is to keep the memory of Hillsborough alive in people's minds, but also to help bring some good out of it - a brighter future.

"By linking the two cities in the run and raising money for both Alder Hey and Sheffield's Children's Hospital, we hope to strengthen the bond between both cities."

Steve Kelly, of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said: "I can't think of a better legacy than one that will help children who are ill. As someone who lost a brother at Hillsborough, I feel something so good is at last coming out of something so bad."

The event comes after a damning report into the handling of the crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium, which led to an apology from Prime Minister David Cameron and the quashing of the 96 inquest verdicts of accidental death by the attorney general.

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