Operators are being urged to pull on their running shoes to raise money for charity in memory of an industry legend.

The Tim Bacon Foundation, which was set up in honour of the late Living Ventures co-founder, will be represented at the Manchester Half-Marathon in October, and the wider eating and drinking out sector has been asked to join forces.

For its second year of campaigning the foundation will support Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, based in Salford, while continuing to support the Maggie’s Centre at The Christie, in Manchester.

As part of the fundraising efforts, Living Ventures co-founder Jeremy Roberts is taking on the Manchester Half-Marathon in October, alongside five other leading operators – Paul Moran; Chris Hill; Simon Potts; Scott Grimbleby and Matt Snell. The foundation currently has 130 runners taking part and the aim is to at least double that, with the help of MCA readers.

Roberts said: “I would like to lay down the gauntlet to my colleagues across the sector to join me on October 14th to raise much-needed funds for an incredibly worthwhile cause. Last year we raised an amazing £550,000 for the foundation and I know Tim would have been hugely proud of the efforts of his friends and peers. Now we want to push on for another successful year and the Manchester Half-Marathon is a great platform for the sector to unite behind a great cause.

“Other leaders across the sector would be very welcome to join us and they can take heart from the thought that if I can do it, anyone can!”

TBF will also host a Gastronomic Dinner held at Manchester House on 7 June featuring a star-studded collaboration of the regions finest chefs led by Manchester House Head Chef Nathaniel Tofan featuring Tony Parkin of Michelin starred The West House and Gary Usher (Hispi, Burnt Truffle and Wreckfish) More. details of this event will be released soon through the TBF and charities’ websites.

To find out more about the Foundation’s work, go to http://timbaconfoundation.co.uk/ or contact james.wallin@mca-insight.com to pledge your support.