Future pro-manchester’s Manchester to St Petersburg Challenge

10th May 2021, 9:00 am


Ordinarily the Future pro-manchester committee  would be throwing a big charity fundraising evening around this time of year, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the year’s chosen charity. This year it has of course not been possible to follow with tradition but as a committee we were committed to still raising as much as we could for Spoons Neonatal Family Support

The theme of our events throughout the past 12 months has been one of health and as such it seemed fitting for our fundraiser to be somewhat of a fitness challenge. The Future pro-manchester committee have decided to collectively walk, run, swim and cycle the distance between Manchester and St Petersburg in Russia starting on 10th May to mark the launch of UK Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is nature and the environment.

The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, and millions of people discovered that during lockdowns in 2020. 

Our challenge will finish on 10th June.

Why St Petersburg you might ask? Well, it is Manchester’s oldest twinned city.  As a committee we will cover a distance of 3,176.8km. On average, each committee member will need to cover a distance of a little over 7km per day.

You can follow our progress on twitter: @promanchester & #FutureProManchester 

We would be grateful for any donations big or small. Spoons are an incredible charity and we would love to raise as much money as possible for them. There are some further details about them below.



Our Future pro Team:

  • Laura Guillon, Hall Brown – Chair 
  • Sarah Glynn, Kuits
  • Jamie Neill, HSBC
  • Oliver Johnstone, BNY Mellon
  • Marco Trestini, Brewin Dolphin
  • Mo Undre, Deloitte
  • Sam Jones, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Emma Roddy, Four Recruitment
  • Kim Neild, Freshfields
  • Claudia Stephen, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Alicia Tichborne, Ethical Education Enterprise
  • Darcy Shea, Rugby League World Cup 2021
  • Robert Wright, Grant Thornton
  • Thomas Potter, OpenMoney
  • Richard Driffield, HideOut Youth Zone

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