Nurse Karlie raises £5,000 for good causes

Karlie Davies has smashed a �5,000 fundraising milestone.
Karlie Davies has smashed a �5,000 fundraising milestone.

A kind-hearted nurse has hit a £5,000 fundraising milestone for good causes in South Tyneside.

Karlie Davies kicked off her charitable efforts 18 months ago by taking part in a blue collar boxing match for Cancer Connections.

Karlie Davies after completing the zip slide for charity.

Karlie Davies after completing the zip slide for charity.

She then went on to raise cash for former colleague Leanne Picken following her diagnosis of stage three breast cancer in January.

The cash was to go towards funding a trip for the mum-of-three and her children.

Now, after completing the Great North Run in aid of Cancer Connections and a zip wire challenge for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, the 40-year-old has smashed the £5,000 fundraising milestone.

Miss Davies, who works on Ward 3 at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, said: “When I first started I never thought I would raise as much as I have.

I’m not really sure what other challenges I’ll take part in next year, we’ll just have to see what comes up.

Karlie Davies

“A lot of the money raised has come through work colleagues, but also patients who have sponsored me, so I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to them.”

Miss Davies finished the Great North Run in a time of two hours and 52 minutes, raising £350 for Cancer Connections.

A further £450 was raised for St Clare’s Hospice when Miss Davies took part in a zip slide from the Baltic over the River Tyne.

She added: “The Great North Run was really good and had a fantastic atmosphere. I thought I was going to find it really hard but I managed it.

Karlie Davies taking part in the Great North Run.

Karlie Davies taking part in the Great North Run.

“I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Katie Murray who helped me with my training, otherwise I don’t think I would have completed it.

“I’d definitely be up for doing the run again next year.

“I’m not really sure what other challenges I’ll take part in next year, we’ll just have to see what comes up.”