A race for the cancer trust

Natalie Hogg, left, and Kristie Burt, who took part in the Sunderland 10k in support of the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.
Natalie Hogg, left, and Kristie Burt, who took part in the Sunderland 10k in support of the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.

TWO sisters raised hundreds of pounds for charity in their very first race – and now have their eyes on the Great North Run.

Natalie Hogg, 27, and Kristie Burt, 24, registered and laced up their trainers for this year’s Sunderland 10k, held last weekend.

The pair had never ran in a race before but wanted to do their bit to support the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.

And they did exactly that by raising more than £400 with sponsorship money still coming in.

“It went really well,” said Natalie, a mum-of-one who lives on the Headland.

“It was freezing and really windy but we both really enjoyed it, it was actually good fun.”

Natalie and Kristie, a nurse and mum-of-two who lives in Hart Lane with her fiance, Andy Burt, 39, finished the race in 69 minutes.

And now they have their eyes on next year’s Great North Run.

“We realise that will be tough but it’s something to target for next year,” added Natalie, who works as a service manager for an energy broker.

“We both enjoyed Sunderland so much, we ran together and it sounds corny but it’s amazing running and getting all of the support from the crowd.

“And, of course, it’s fantastic to raise money for such a brilliant charity and hopefully we will be able to raise even more next time.

“We are still counting the money to find out exactly how much we’ve raised but it’s definitely going to be more than what we expected.”

Natlie and Kristie are friends with Helen Hart, the daughter of the inspirational Denise Taylor who set up the charity when she was battling cancer.

She started the trust before she sadly lost her battle with the disease in 2009 and Helen and other family members and friends have since worked hard to continue to build the charity and support cancer sufferers with the financial burden that can come with cancer.

Meanwhile, people still have the chance to support the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust at the charity’s fourth annual ball taking place later this month.

The sparkling event will be held at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Saturday, May 25.

For tickets visit www.denisetaylorcancertrust.co.uk or call Helen on 07580 202018.