A university student is preparing to take on her first Great North Run next month to mark the tenth anniversary of her mum’s death.
Emma Walsh, 35, from Hebburn, will take on this year’s Morrisons Great North Run in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice – the charity which cared for her mother in the last months of her life.
The Northumbria University social work student decided to take on the challenge in memory of mum Kathleen Daughton, who died in March 2005 from ovarian cancer.
Ms Daughton, was cared for by St Oswald’s Hospice in her last six months, with staff going ‘above and beyond’ to achieve her final wishes.
“The Great North Run is always something I wanted to do but never got around to it,” Mrs Walsh said.
“It’s my mum’s 10th anniversary of her passing, so to mark the occasion I wanted to raise some money in her memory.
“St Oswald’s is a fantastic charity that not enough people know about.
“They rely on volunteers and fundraising to continue to provide their services and have remained close to my heart for many years.”
Mrs Walsh will be joined by husband Stephen, 30, and her two children will greet the pair as they cross the finish line on September 13.
Ms Walsh hopes to raise £300 through sponsorship from family and friends as well as organising events such as a car boot sale and a bag pack.
To sponsor Emma, visit her Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Emma-Walsh8