Great North Run: Charity team hope to Cruse their way over finish line

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A team of runners are hoping to boost the funds of a bereavement charity supporting youngsters in South Tyneside.

Members of the Cruse Crew will be hitting the road on Sunday to take part in the Great North Run in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.

The charity, based in Newcastle, provides a children’s bereavement support service in the borough after the group raised £30,000 to enable it to happen.

The service is run from Cleadon Park PCT in South Shields.

As well as adult runners taking part in the 13.1 mile run, three younger members of the Crew will take part in the Junior run for the charity on Saturday.

Leah and Oliver Carson will be running in memory of their dad Karl Carson, who died after falling from cliffs at Marsden, last year, while Liam Muirhead will be running in memory of his mum Stacey McCormack, who had Crohn’s disease and lost her battle for life after contracting chicken pox.

The money will help ensure the children’s bereavement support service lasts for as long as possible.

Emma Robertson, who will be running for the charity in memory of her husband Gary Robertson who died after suffering a brain aneurysm, and who is vice-chairman of the Cruse Crew, said: “We’re all looking forward, although a bit apprehensive, about taking part in the run, but we know our loved ones will be watching down on us, cheering us on.

“It is a huge challenge for us and I am sure it is going to be an emotional day for all of us.”

The team is made up Cruse Crew members Laura Nisbet, Graham Muirhead, Emma Robertson, Alfie Leggett and Lisa Nightingale. They are being joined by Iain Wilson, Amanda Mendham and Donna Morgan.

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