Dockland workers in charity run

DOCKLAND workers are to turn out in force for one of the biggest running events in the calendar.

The owners of Hartlepool docks have secured 66 places in the Great North Run and every one of them is running in aid of the Butterwick Hospice, on Teesside.

Jerry Hopkinson, PD Ports’ managing director bulks, ports and logistics, said the PD Ports team will be one of the largest entered by a single company for a charity in the history of the race.

And the team of workers, from operations in Hartlepool and at Teesport, in Middlesbrough, hope to raise around £20,000 for the hospice which is the company’s chosen charity.

Mr Hopkinson said: “We are delighted to see so many of our employees taking part in the Great North Run.

“I knew we had a number of keen runners across the business but not on this scale. This is all about the passion and commitment we have in supporting Butterwick Hospice with the benefit of getting fit and having fun in the process.

“At PD Ports we take our social responsibility very seriously within the communities in which we operate.”

Hospice fundraiser Mandy Shields said: “This is the biggest team we have ever had.

“PD Ports said that they would like to enter a team into the Great North Run, but we never expected such a fantastic response.”

Team members from across the PD Ports Group have been in training for several months.

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