Running in Paul’s memory

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

A JOURNALIST is set to pound the roads at this weekends Great North Run in memory of the Mail’s own Paul Watson who sadly died after suffering a heart attack.

The Mail’s head of news Paul was a well known and respected journalist.

Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson

His death in November last year at the age of 50 shocked his colleagues and left his family devastated.

Only three weeks before his death Paul had been moved after writing an article in the Mail about organ donors and was so touched he decided to become one himself.

After he died, his organs were donated and helped to give change the lives of three people.

Tom Wilkinson was a former colleague at the Press Association where Paul had previously worked for 10 years.

One of the organs Paul donated was his liver.

And Tom wanted to do something as a lasting memory to a dear friend and with the help of Paul’s partner, Pauline, he chose to do Sunday’s 13-mile GNR course for LIVErNORTH.

The charity, which helps liver patients in the North of Engalnd, is run by unpaid volunteers and is based at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.

Dad-of-two Tom, 40, from Chester le Street, said: “Paul was my immediate boss and friend for almost a decade and a lovely man to work with.

“His death shocked us all and by donating his organs he managed to change lives. I just wanted to do something fitting in his memory and with Pauline’s help I chose this one.”

Pauline added; “Paul would have been very proud.”

a web page has been set up for donations at under Tom’s name,

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