A charity that works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment is appealing for entrants in this year’s BUPA Manchester Great Run.

The Albert Kennedy Trust was founded in Manchester in 1989.

It helped more than 1,400 people in 2008, providing appropriate homes through supported lodgings, and enabling young people to successfully live independently.

Through mentoring, representation, the Trust helps them rebuild confidence, alleviate emotional problems, and fulfil potential in a stable, caring and supportive environment.

The 10K Manchester Great Run, which takes place on May 17th 2009, is already fully booked. AKT has 15 places available to fundraisers.

“Taking part is not just the preserve of Olympic athletes – the run attracts over 33,000 participants, of all fitness levels,” AKT said.

“To make the preparations as simple as possible, the Trust will issue all participants with a sponsorship pack, which includes sponsorship forms, advice on fundraising, a detailed training and dietary programme.

“In order to gain a place, runners need to raise a minimum of £100 through sponsorship.

“All money raised will go towards helping the increasing number of young LGBT people who suffer rejection by parents, families and carers.”

The date of the Manchester Great Run coincides with the International Day Against Homophobia.

Jonathan Penny, fundraising and communications officer for the Albert Kennedy Trust, told PinkNews.co.uk:

“We’re hoping to reach a target of £1,200, which is enough to keep a young person off the streets for two months.

“We are struggling to meet the growing demand for our carer households, which is why we urgently need the support.

“The Great Run is a healthy and fun way of making a stand for vulnerable people who desperately need our help.”

For more details, or to sign up to Team AKT, please contact Jonathan on 020 7831 6562 or fundcom@akt.org.uk