Runners aiming to boost hospice

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PEOPLE are being urged to boost a vital charity by backing participants in the weekend’s great North Run.

Brian Littlewood is taking part in the event in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Brian, 34, a production worker at JDR Cables, Hartlepool, has recently completed the 196-mile Coast2Coast Border Reivers, which helped towards his training for this event.

Brian, from the Dyke House area of town, has been running for many years and has completed the Great North Run three times and is hoping to finish it in under two hours.

He last took part in the run in 2004 to raise cash for the hospice following the death of his mum, who had been cared for at the facility.

Brian, who is a member of JDR’s fundrauising committee, said: “This is one of the reasons I feel very close to the hospice and determined to participate and also raise as much money as possible for such a great cause.”

Sarah Snowdon, who works as a buyer at JDR Cables, will also be taking part with her husband Alistair Snowdon, 41, also from Hartlepool to raise cash for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

People can sponsor them by logging onto where they will find links to the firm’s ‘JustGiving’ online sponsorship and donations page.

Donations can also be made in person or by post via Mandy Marriner at JDR Cable Systems Hartlepool. Cheques should be made payable to ‘JDR Hartlepool Charity Events’.

We want you to send us pictures of you taking part in the run. Email them to and you can also tweet pictures and messages using #GNRmail.