SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck is preparing to get in a sweat to support a trio of great causes.
Mrs Lewell-Buck takes a run on the sands at the town’s seafront every Sunday and attends a gym near her flat in London during the week.
But she’s stepping up her fitness regime as she prepares for three big sporting challenges.
First up, she’s taking part in the 26-mile Northumberland Coastal Challenge walk, on Monday, May 5, in support of the Stroke Association.
That will be followed by her participation in the annual St Clare’s Midnight Walk, on Saturday, June 21, from Temple Park, in South Shields.
The Jarrow hospice has special significance for the MP – her beloved uncle Alan Lewell died there last year.
And she will again be taking part in the event alongside her mum Linda.
Finally, Mrs Lewell-Buck will fulfil a long-held ambition when she puts on her jogging shoes for the 13.1-mile Great North Run, from Newcastle to South Shields, on Sunday, September 7.
The South Shields-based Arts 4 Wellbeing charity, which is looking to raise £17,000 for new disabled toilets, will benefit from her efforts.
She said: “I’ve always wanted to take part in events in support of charities that benefit the people of South Shields.
“I go for a jog on the beach at South Shields on a Sunday, and that’s hard work.
“Now I’m just looking to build up my strength further.
“In April last year I lost my uncle ‘Big Al’, one of the kindest, funniest people you could meet.
“Alan was great fun and always cheered up everyone he met.
“He is a big miss, not just to our family but everyone who knew him.
“He ended his days in St Clare’s Hospice, and myself and my family will never forget the kindness of all the staff.
“That is why this year me and my mam are again doing the Midnight Walk to raise funds for St Clare’s.
“I’m also joining my friends at Thomson’s in Jarrow to raise money for The Stroke Association in the North East.
“Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. Stroke changes lives.
“It can have a huge effect on you and your family.
“It’s always been a long-held ambition to do the Great North Run, and Arts 4 Wellbeing does such great work that I was eager to offer it my support.”
Sponsorship forms are available from the MP’s office at Ede House in South Shields.
Alternatively, you can log on to www.justgiving.com/E-Lewell-Buck1