Age UK make tough decision to cancel this year's Leeds Abbey Dash
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Leeds Abbey Dash, which usually draws thousands of runners and spectators every year, will not be taking place in 202o, but will return next year.
Organisers expressed their disappointment and acknowledged how devastating the announcement would be for runners, describing the decision as ‘tough but necessary’. All runners will be entitled to a refund and will be encouraged to take part in next year’s event.
As well as looking out for runners, Age UK’s primary concern will be fundraising for better care for the elderly. The Leeds Abbey Dash raised round £200,000 last year and this funding will be needed now more than ever, due to the impact of the current public health emergency.
Age UK stated that the charity is “determined to rise to the challenge and be there to provide comfort, hope and essential help and support to those who need it during this crisis”. You can donate to their Emergency Coronavirus £10 million Appeal and help provide much-needed care for older people here.