GNR boost for local charities
Published at 07:35, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
MORE than 1,000 runners living in the Tynedale district will be among the throng of 56,000 participants in Sunday’s Great North Run.
And many of them have a poignant story to tell, as they take on the 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields to raise money for various charities.
Before the world famous run takes place, though, a number of children from across the district will take part in the number of other events planned tomorrow.
Twenty-two children from Beaufront First School will run the Mini Great North Run with the hope of raising a combined total of £250 for Tynedale Hospice at Home.
Many of the young runners chose the Hexham-based charity as it has given support to a number of families within the school community. Donations can be left at www.justgiving.com/Beaufront-Mini-GNR
Max Pearson (13), of Hexham, will take in the Junior GNR as he pushes towards his fundraising goal of £1,000 to support the hospice’s Hot 1000 project.
The following day, Christine Kyle will run the main event herself in honour of her late husband John with all money raised going to the hospice.
Twin brothers from Heddon-on-the-Wall, David and Michael Plummer (17) are tackling the run for the first time for identical reasons.
The sons of Professor Ruth Plummer, the oncologolist for Sir Bobby Robson, will run the event in aid of the late football legend’s foundation.
The pair are currently undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award which requires at least six months of physical activity, and they thought what better way than to complete it while raising money for a charity close to their family’s hearts.
Stocksfield’s Katie Stanforth (18) suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome ME and will be pushed around the track in her wheelchair.
Boyfriend Michael Skoyles and friend Richard Robson will be the ones pushing her along as they plan to catch the eye to raise awareness of her condition and funds for Hexham’s Josie’s Dragonfly Trust.
Similarly Liz Hawker, a worker at Calvert Trust Kielder, will push a wheelchair user who regularly visits the charity which specialises in providing adventure opportunities to people with disabilities.
By doing so, she hopes to raise a significant amount to help provide more equipment training and expertise at the trust.
After being diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago, Hexham’s Sam Webster has shown remarkable fight to get back to full fitness.
Within six months of the life-changing news, Sam ran the London Marathon and will run the GNR on the back of hearing the great news that results from a recent MRI scan are stable.
To thank the staff working at the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation, at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, Katie Flush, of Haltwhistle, will be among the crowds this weekend.
Her son suffered severe mitral valve regurgitation and had repair at the hospital in 2012 and continues to need medication and has regular reviews, and has received the best care possible there.
At the age of 19, John Prince, of Stocksfield, was diagnosed with crohns disease and intends to run to raise money to help research for children diagnosed with similar diseases.
Meanwhile, George Nicholson, who carried the Olympic Torch through Stocksfield last year, has been chosen to represent former Spice Girl Mel C’s team in the hope of proving the North is more generous than the South!
An extra incentive for local runners to post good times is that run organisers Nova International are again putting up trophies for the speediest male and the fastest female from the district following its successful debut last year.
l Race times of all runners living in the Tynedale district will be printed in the Hexham Courant next week.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.