A LOCAL businesswoman raised £2,000 for Barnsley Hospice through the Great Manchester 10K.

Ellie Simon, a personal trainer and founder of Ellie Elite Coaching, alongside fellow coach Madelaine Roystone, led a team of 26 participants including clients, colleagues and friends to take on the run.

The decision to support the hospice was an easy one for Ellie and Madelaine, as the organisation holds a special place in their hearts.

“Barnsley Hospice helped our grandparents in their time of need and we wanted to give back to show our appreciation for this amazing charity,” said Ellie.

“Raising above £2,000 has been an incredible feeling.

“That, alongside everyone in my team being a complete beginner when it came to running, and getting through this challenge, has been so fulfilling.

“Seeing the joy and tears at the finish line was incredible.”

Vicky Stead, community relationships manager at Barnsley Hospice, added: “It’s fantastic to see such a driven and dedicated group supporting the hospice by reaching the finish line at a big event like this.

“Thank you to Ellie and the team for supporting the hospice and raising an incredible amount.”