More entrants than ever will represent Hartlepool & District Hospice in this year’s Great North Run.
Bosses at the hospice are looking forward to a successful fundraising campaign in time for the event, which is on Sunday, September 11.
The hospice enters a team of runners every year in the half marathon event - considered to be the biggest of its kind in the world.
This year’s team boasts a record breaking 88 members and the charity is hopeful this could be the most successful Great North Run ever.
Last year’s event raised around £32,000 for the hospice, making it the most profitable run to date.
Greg Hildreth, who co-ordinates the hospice team and is one of those running, said: “It is exciting to see so many people keen to take part in this fantastic event to raise money for our unique range of services. “It has grown to become one of the hospice’s biggest annual fundraising events and we seem to attract more and more runners each year which is fantastic.
“All of the sponsorship raised will be used to fund Hospice care across the communities of Hartlepool and East Durham; a massive thanks goes to everyone who contributes to this success.”Greg Hildreth
“We are really fortunate to have such a high profile, international event on our doorstep; it is a great day for our runners and their supporters.
“All of the sponsorship raised will be used to fund Hospice care across the communities of Hartlepool and East Durham; a massive thanks goes to everyone who contributes to this success.”
The hospice’s 2016 team includes runners with different stories and motivations for taking part and raising funds.
Hospice regular and car crash survivor Phil Holbrook will be completing his 26th Great North Run along with Team Sally, named after his late wife who lost her life in the crash in 2012.
Since bringing his team together as a tribute to Sally in 2014 they have raised over £10,000 for the hospice.
Also taking part is Lee Dodgson, whose 7 Marathons in 7 Days event last year became the Hospice’s most successful fundraising event by one person and raised almost £20,000.
Since pushing himself to the limit to achieve this extraordinary feat, Lee continues to run and remains a dedicated supporter.
Relatives of foster mum Norma Bell who died earlier this year at her Hartlepool home are running in her memory.
Norma’s eldest daughter Veronica and grandson Luke are raising sponsorship as a tribute to her.
Norma opened her heart and home to provide a forever home to six foster children who grew up alongside her own three children.
She also provided short term and pre-adoption foster care to over 50 children.
Veronica chose the hospice as the charity had cared for her dad before he died in 2010.
The hospice will also be represented on the day by four staff members: senior fundraising manager Rebecca Jobson; fundraiser Anne Gladwin and healthcare assistant Debbie Bramfitt.
Registration is now closed for the Great North Run but if you have a place and are not representing a charity on the day, the hospice say they would love to welcome runners to their team and join in their success.
For more information call Greg Hildreth on 01429 855529 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.