Still time to back MP in run

PEOPLE still have time to back their MP’s bid to raise cash for charity at next weekend’s Great North Run.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, 39, is putting in the leg work before he will take on the Great North Run next week alongside his son Ben and thousands of other runners.

The two are raising money for the Stroke Association, a cause close to their hearts after 17-year-old Ben suffered a serious stroke at the age of 12.

Ben was rushed into hospital in April 2006 after falling ill while playing football after school and tests found he had suffered a stroke.

The former Manor College of Technology pupil spent a week in Newcastle General Hospital receiving treatment and had several months of physiotherapy after the stroke affected his whole left side and his ability to speak.

But thankfully the teenager has since gone on to make a full recovery and now Mr Wright is aiming to raise as much as possible in a bid to help fund research and care for stroke victims.

The 13.1-mile BUPA Great North Run takes place on Sunday, September 18, and more than 50,000 runners will be taking part in the event which is now in its 31st year.

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