RUNNERS who have a place at this year’s Great North Run are being urged to show their support for a town charity.
Hartlepool & District Hospice already have a team of 35 runners taking part in the world’s biggest half marathon this September.
But hospice staff are looking to generate even more support for the facility by encouraging those who have already signed up for the race without a particular charity in mind to join the hospice team.
Those runners will still receive the same benefits as the 35 runners in the hospice team such as transport to and from the run, hospitality events before and after the race and a hospice running vest.
Greg Hildreth, the charity’s events fundraiser, said: “In recent years, we have seen this event grow enormously for us in terms of fundraising and we are very keen to maintain its momentum.
“Last year’s event was our best ever, raising more than £20,000 for local hospice care.
“We are now encouraging anyone who has been successful in the ballot and is not already affiliated with a charity to join the hospice team and help raise sponsorship to support our patients.”
The hospice costs £2.5m to run each year with 20 per cent funded by the NHS and the remainder raised in the community through donations.
In the last year, it has cut spending by more than £200,000 through voluntary redundancies, vacancy removals and budget cuts.
Runners who wish to sign up and show their support for the Wells Avenue-based hospice can call Greg on (01429) 855529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.