Members of the Glen Corner Trust are getting set to hit the road in memory of South Tyneside’s knife crime victims.
Mark Wood, Claire Carlson and Lee Corner are taking part in the gruelling 13.1m Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields, next Sunday.
They will be joined by friend Ksandra Ames as they raise cash for the trust which supports families left devastated by knife crime.
The trust, which also raises awareness among youngsters of the dangers of carrying a blade, was set up in 2006 in memory of Glen Corner, who was stabbed to death on his 16th birthday.
This year, the group will be running in memory of Glen as well as Dekka Kennedy, 29, who was stabbed in January 2009, after he stepped in to stop a man from beating up his girlfriend; David Charlton, 25, who was killed just days before Christmas in 2012 as he made his way home after a night out with his fiancée and Gemma Finnigan, 24, who was killed at home in Boldon, last September.
Mr Wood’s daughter Katie and her friend Ellis Hughes McDougall will also be taking part in the Junior Great North Run for the Trust.
Trust member Mr Wood, who is taking part in the run for the 10th time, said: “Taking part in the Great North Run not only helps us raise money for the trust but reminds people just how dangerous knives can be.
“The event is quite emotional and being able to run in memory of Glen, David, Dekka and Gemma is an honour.
“Hopefully by us doing this it will help to give the families who have had their whole worlds ripped apart, some comfort.”
To sponsor the team, visit http://www.gofundme.com/c3dngo