A charity champion MP has stayed firmly on the fundraising trail – despite seeing her Great North Run bid brought to a dramatic halt.
It was a case of no pain, no gain for South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck – who bolstered the running total of a cause close to her heart after suffering a broken ankle in the world-famous half -marathon.
The Labour politician ended the gruelling 13-miler in a hospital ward rather than at the finishing line after her fall, but broken bones were never going to lead to a broken pledge.
She stepped out for her second Great North Run to raise precious pounds for Just-ICE (Independent Carers Enterprise), a care support charity based in the borough, which she is a patron of.
The charity was set up in 2011 to provide support and advice to people who care for friends and loved ones with mental health problems, and has helped scores of families across the borough.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and constituents, Mrs Lewell-Buck raised a fantastic £594 for the charity.
Just-ICE is a unique service that provides a lifeline to so many in our area.
She said: “Just-ICE is a unique service that provides a lifeline to so many in our area. People who care for their loved ones when they are suffering from mental health difficulties need support too.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who generously donated.”
A Just-Ice spokewoman said: “Emma’s effort has initiated our current fundraising target to raise funds to employ a service co-ordinator to continue supporting existing members, reach hidden carers and raise the profile of mental health families.”