Angus will do mini-Run in memory of music teacher

TUNING UP ... Angus Thompson is doing the Mini GNR in memory of his late music teacher.
TUNING UP ... Angus Thompson is doing the Mini GNR in memory of his late music teacher.

LITTLE Angus Thompson is taking on the Mini Great North Run to raise money for a South Tyneside hospice.

The six-year-old is taking on the 1.5km event on Saturday in memory of his music teacher, Eleanor Brown.

The youngster, of Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland, started learning to play the cello when he was just three, but sadly, his teacher passed away earlier this year from a rare form of cancer.

Cash raised by Angus will go to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, which has provided palliative care to the people of South Tyneside with life-limiting illnesses for the last 25 years.

Angus’s mum, Fiona, said: “Telling Angus was difficult. He had been practising a piece of music that he had been too uncertain to play before.

“He kept saying he wanted to practise for Eleanor for when she got better, and he’s struggled with not being able to say goodbye.”

She added: “Last year, some friends came to stay with us because they were doing the Great North Run and their children were doing the Mini event, and they challenged Angus to do it this year.

“He decided to do the run and also to raise money for a cancer charity, and we chose St Clare’s because it is a local cause.”

Angus aimed to raise £100 for the charity, based at Primrose Terrace, and has already surpassed his target by raising £127.

Fiona added: “We chose St Clare’s because a group of mums from the village have been raising money for the charity after all being affected by cancer in one way or another.

“Angus wanted to join them, and this is his way to do his bit.”

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