Therapy First have really helped with my recovery from the race

“Our physios at Therapy First Physiotherapy Salford Quays have really helped with my recovery from the race, providing expert Physiotherapy and sports massage to help with the lactic acid build up in my legs.”

For the first time in The Lowry’s history, they have entered a team to run the London Marathon with the aim of raising awareness of The Lowry as a charitable cause and raise funds to support its community and educational projects. In preparation for the big run on 21 April, Team Lowry travelled to Northampton on Sunday (3 March) to take part in the official warm-up event.

Digital Communications Executive, Jordan Ahmadzadeh from Urmston, smashed his personal best time on Sunday and said “I was really pleased to reach my goal of 2 hours. Taking part in the race really helped to focus my mind and it gave me a taste of the atmosphere and adrenaline that you just can’t replicate running on your own. Our physios at Therapy First at Salford Quays have really helped with my recovery from the race, providing expert sports massage to help with the lactic acid build up in my legs.”

This latest fundraising initiative follows The Lowry’s Christmas Appeal which raised £20,000 towards a project with Salford’s Looked After Children. Each runner has committed to raising £1500 to contribute to The Lowry Centre Trust’s groundbreaking projects in the local community.

The Lowry is a registered charity and only receives 10% of it’s funding from public sources (Arts Council & Salford City Council). The income raised from The London Marathon will support The Lowry’s wider community engagement programme, which each year offers over 30,000 free opportunities from vocational training to community arts-making projects. Such initiatives include a project with Salford Young Carers – offering weekend drama workshops for 25 young carers (under the age of 18), providing them with a positive break from their caring responsibilities, the chance to meet other young carers, have fun and to express themselves through drama based workshops.

Team Lowry is made up of runners from across the spectrum of people engaged at The Lowry. Jordan (pictured) has been working with the Lowry’s Marketing Department for five years. Stephen Crocker is representing senior management, and Greater Manchester’s own Danny Robinson is a member of The Lowry’s security team, contracted through Salford-based company Wilson James. The fourth and final Team Lowry runner is regular audience member Kieran Linford, who applied to join the Lowry’s marathon team after spotting a call-out on The Lowry website.

Stephen Crocker, The Lowry’s Policy and Development Director, said “The Lowry is delighted to have put together a team that demonstrates such a broad level of support across the organisation, and represents how staff, contractors and audiences alike are committed to raising awareness for The Lowry’s valuable work to support and engage its audiences and artists.”

The donations The Lowry Centre Trust receives through such fundraising campaigns make an enormous difference and help The Lowry to continue working with families, young people, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop creative individuals and enrich the community.

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