RUNNERS are being invited to get on their marks to help raise vital cash for patient care in South Tyneside.
St Clare’s Hospice wants people to take part in this year’s Great North Run to boost its coffers.
The hospice in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, which provides day and residential care to people with life-limiting illnesses, would like to double the number of people who take part in Europe’s biggest half-marathon on behalf of the charity.
Although 52,000 people took part in the Great North Run, from Newcastle to South Shields, last year, only 40 runners helped the hospice, which has annual running costs of £2m.
But despite the modest numbers, runners last year still managed to raise £16,500 for patient care at St Clare’s.
Hospice fundraiser Chris Rowell said: “It would be fantastic if we could get more independent runners supporting St Clare’s, to raise money for the excellent care patients and families receive.
“I would encourage any runners, who get a place, to run for St Clare’s.”
Dan Dunleavy, whose Team Shirley has completed the Great North Run for the hospice since 2006, said: “Team Shirley was set up to raise money and contribute to the fabulous work that St Clare’s Hospice carries out.
“We have done the Great North Run every year, as well as other marathons and cycling events.
“We have raised some £50,000, most of which has been donated to St Clare’s to repay our debt of gratitude and help other families to receive the outstanding support on which we depend.”
Team Shirley was set up in memory of late family member, Shirley Dunleavy, who received treatment at St Clare’s.
Anyone wishing to supporting the work of the hospice at this year’s Great North Run should contact the hospice fundraising team on 451 6400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk.