The Running Bee Foundation, a new charity organisation sponsored by tech firm UKFast, has officially launched in Manchester this week.

The foundation has been set up in memory of "true Salfordian" Mo Done, who supported many Manchester charities and played an integral part in the development of Sports tours International, the founder and supporter of the foundation.

For over 10 years, Sports Tours International has delivered running events in communities across the North West and more than 12,000 people have taken part every year across nine different events, including the UKFast We Love MCR 10K, the iconic Tour of Tameside and The Media City Jingle Bell Jog.

The foundation will provide grants from the profits raised from these events to community initiatives across Manchester and the North West to promote health and wellbeing and the fight to tackle and reduce childhood obesity.

"I'm immensely proud to have launched The Running Bee Foundation in honour of Mo Done," said Sports Tours International CEO Chris Bird.

"Our UK events have played a huge part in promoting an active lifestyle in the local communities so it’s important for us to now give something back.

"Next year, all the profits from these events will go into the Foundation to be invested back into the communities and I’m looking forward to seeing how the monies will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our region."

The launch event was hosted by Social 7 at MediaCityUK and attended by betting tycoon and Sports Tours International founder Fred Done and UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE.

Jones added: "We've supported Sports Tours International and the Salford 10k and We Love Manchester 10k runs for several years now and have seen first-hand the impact that running can have on people’s overall wellbeing.

"It's so important to encourage children to lead active lifestyles and get a break from screen time."