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Preparations for the Great Midlands Fun Run are fully underway and The Assay Allstars are on the home straight, they met up today for the official unveiling of their running tops! On Sunday 2nd June nine members of staff from The Birmingham Assay Office are taking up the challenge of the Great Midlands Fun Run 2013, which is a testing 8.5 mile course around the Sutton Coldfield area. The Assay Allstars Team is made up of Michael Allchin (CEO), Marie Brennan (Business Relations Manager), Sophie Whitehouse (AnchorCert Marketing Coordinator), Anu Manchanda (Senior Gemmologist), Steven Franklin,(Laboratory Marketing Coordinator), Antony Charalambous (Laboratory Admin), Liz Brogan (Hallmarking Sub Office Supervisor), Karen Reilly (Hallmarking Sub-office) and Luke Summlar, (Laboratory Admin). The Team are running to support the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign (MD) which is a collective name for over sixty conditions that have one thing in common, a progressive weakening and wasting of the body’s muscles.  Over 70,000 babies, children and adults in the UK have some form of Muscular Dystrophy.  One of the most common forms is Duchenne MD which affects boys from birth, confining them to a wheelchair at a very early age. Most conditions result from a genetic fault and the majority are progressive, causing the muscles to weaken and waste over time. The severity of disability varies greatly but there is no escape from Muscular Dystrophy and many affected children do not live to adulthood. [caption id="attachment_5316" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Get your money out for the girls! L-R Anu Manchanda, Liz Brogan, Sophie Whitehouse are running for Muscular Dystrophy[/caption] The team will be around the Jewellery Quarter tomorrow in their new running tops collecting for Muscular Dystrophy, so if you are around the Quarter make sure to give us a wave and give us your money!! [caption id="attachment_5317" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Get your money out for the guys! L-R: Luke Summlar, Antony Charalambous, Steve Franklin all Laboratory members are running for MD[/caption] The Great Midlands Fun Run starts at 11AM on Sunday 2nd June in the centre of Sutton Coldfield, so please do come along and support us if you can, it promises to be a brilliant, (possibly slightly painful) day! Please help us to support this wonderful and worthwhile charity by sponsoring The Assay Allstars Team. Time is running out for many sufferers and the more money we raise the more people we can help. A Virgin Giving page has been set up and donations can be made via the link below.  Just click on the link, it is very quick and easy to make a donation. [caption id="attachment_5313" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Anu cannot wait for the funrun to begin!![/caption] Alternatively, you can send donations in to The Birmingham Assay Office. For The Attention of: Mrs Marion Wilson, The Birmingham Assay Office, PO Box 151, Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 1SB    Tel: 0121 236 6951   Email: Thank you to all those who have already donated and if you haven’t there is still time to donate to this worthwhile cause, please support the cause and help those who can’t help themselves. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="449"] Marion Wilson, (centre of the picture) tireless Muscular Dystrophy campaigner and Birmingham Assay Office Marketing Director is surrounded by the rest of the Assay Allstars, l -r front row - Anu Manchanda, Sophie Whitehouse, Michael Allchin, middle row - Liz Brogan Antony Charalambous Back Row - Luke Summlar, Steve Franklin. Also competing will be Marie Brennan and Karen Reilly[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_5318" align="aligncenter" width="448"] The lads are fighting fit ready for the funrun - Hope to see you there - Sunday 2nd June, 11AM, Sutton Coldfield Parade[/caption]



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