TUESDAY, 22 March marked exactly two months to go until the second annual Run For The 96 5K takes place in Liverpool’s Stanley Park. The 2016 fun run was launched at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Stanley Park, with the help of the event’s official charities the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community. The overall aim of the Run For The 96 5K is to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989, and to also remember their families and the survivors through the community legacy event. Liverpool Football Club legend Alan Kennedy, Voice of Anfield stadium announcer George Sephton and Liverpool actor Kurtis Stacey all attended the launch, and are keen to support the event for the second year. The Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community are the official club charities of the two Merseyside football giants. They have been named as the official charity partners of Run For The 96 5K for the second consecutive year. Run For The 96 5K starts and finishes in Stanley Park, a fitting location between Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park. The inaugural community legacy event took place last April, with 2,500 walkers, joggers and runners taking part in the 5K fun run. It was supported by Spice Girl and Liverpool Football Club fan Melanie C, Merseyside football legends Alan Kennedy and Graham Stuart, Liverpool actors Les Dennis and Kurtis Stacey, MPs Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham, Voice of Anfield George Sephton and sports impressionist Darren Farley. Participants were encouraged to take part while wearing their specially designed commemorative red and blue T-shirts – with fans of both football clubs running side by side for the very first event of its kind. The event also attracted wheelchairs users, families, fancy dress runners, and even some who ran with their dogs – making it a real inclusive event for all. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, 22 May, and the event is expected to grow bigger for 2016. As well as running to remember The 96, participants are invited to fundraise for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, the charitable arms of the city’s two football clubs to enable them to continue their fantastic work across Merseyside. It was announced at the launch that £8,113.32 was raised for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community through the 2015 event – therefore each receiving £4,056.66. Andrea Cooper, Head of the Liverpool FC Foundation, said: “All money raised will support the LFC Foundation’s strategy of supporting young people’s health and life chances through our programmes and partnerships. “Last year, the LFC Foundation served over 20,000 people in Merseyside and across the world, through sporting participation and educational programmes such as Respect 4 All, which provides sporting activity for young people and adults with severe physical and neurological impairments.” Carena Duffy, Fundraising Officer for Everton in the Community, said: “We are again honoured to be invited to be involved in the Run For The 96 5K and are delighted to be one of the charity beneficiaries. All the monies raised for Everton in the Community from this fantastic event will go towards helping the underprivileged and vulnerable members of our local communities. “We run a wide variety of fundraising events all year round for people to get involved in and support us in our work in changing people’s lives.” Run For The 96 5K has the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG). Margaret Aspinall, Chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, added: “Last year’s Run For The 96 5K was a very special, memorable day. It was touching to see so many reds and blues stand side by side to remember The 96. I am delighted that so much was raised for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, what a fantastic legacy which will help to support their marvellous work on Merseyside.” The entry fee for Run For The 96 5K will pay to stage and deliver all aspects of the event. All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and medal. Full details and online entry can be found at www.btrliverpool.com or call into the BTR office at 82 Market Street, Hoylake.