Jogger Jennie set to tackle six-mile course

TheSE keen runners, including Jennie (front centre) are ready to tackle a six-mile course for Moodswings
TheSE keen runners, including Jennie (front centre) are ready to tackle a six-mile course for Moodswings

A CELEBRITY jogger will be donning her running shoes to raise money for charity.

Jennie McAlpine, 29, who plays Fizz Stape in television’s Coronation Street, is one of 25 runners taking to the streets this month to support Moodswings, a cause which supports people from Hartlepool as well as other parts of the country.

Moodswings provides advice, information and support for people whose lives are affected by a severe mood disorder.

Linda Wilson, its manager, runs the charity with her partner Tom McAlpine, the father of Jennie. The Corrie star and all the other runners will be tackling the 10 kilometre run in Manchester on Sunday, May 25.

Linda said: “Our runners are sponsored by JD Williams so all our costs are covered and every penny of sponsorship goes directly to the charity.

“Last year, thanks to JD Williams, we made more than £5,000 in the run and we hope to make more this year with Jennie’s entry to boost support.

“So far our busiest runner has been Dylan Pierce, who has already raised over £500 on Justgiving.com.

“You can sponsor our runners including Dylan and Jennie at www.justgiving.com/moodswings.”

She said Moodswings relies on its own fundraising efforts to bring in the cash needed to run the service.

That way, she said, Moodswings “can provide a service which is tailored to what people really need.

“Events such as the run are therefore very important to charities such as ours and any support is greatly valued by our visitors and our volunteers.”

Moodswings, which is based in Manchester, offers services to people suffering from emotional distress. But as well as facilities at its new headquarters, it also offers a helpline.

All its services are based on a personal plan for its clients that has been designed and agreed after an assessment chat.

Its support project aims to help people cope with emotional distress.

It also provides other services such as a programme which provides some people with an alternative to living with mental illness and coping workshops.

Contact its hotline on (0161) 8323736 or email info@moodswings.org.uk