For Julia Matthewson, Carn Peaston, Helen Henderson, Laura Matthews, Diane Wright it was an emotional day. Last year they helped Julia and Emma push mum, Angela Matthewson around in a wheelchair. Angela was diagnosed in 2009 aged 37 with breast cancer and after a five year battle sadly passed away on 21st Sept 2014. Julia said ‘Mum was so brave and determined to do the GNR last year and raise monies for HospiceCare, who supported her throughout her illness. We decided very quickly among family and friends that we would do it again this year in memory of an inspirational lady. Team Matthewson has so far raised £7,500 in the last 2 years.
Emma Arthur, Events and Community fundraiser at HospiceCare, bravely decided to run her third GNR as Hospice Ted. “People in costumes always get attention so I thought it would be fitting in our 20th anniversary year to do something different. Kindly the ‘all-in-one company’, based in Ashington made me a teddy onesie and donated material for me to make a head. It was a great occasion and the crowds definitely keep you motivated to finish- my hand hurts from all the high fives that I was giving the children lining the streets. One little girl ran over to me to give me a bear hug.I feel immensely proud and humbled to be part of the HospiceCare GNR team, especially on hearing our runners personal stories of why they are running for HopsiceCare. It is a testament to the great work our nurses do in our local communities. So far our amazing team of 50 runners have raised over £12,363 with more to come in.”
The Great north run is a great event, and being part of it is special, our family business has had a long term relationship with the Hospice Care for quite a few years and it’s a terrific charity ran by great people, so hearing they wanted 50 runners to celebrate their 20th Anniversary year I was more than happy to take part again, and there was no monkeying around this year”.
Running the GNR for the first time on Sunday was a very personal achievement for Sara Herring on Sunday along with her step-daughter Ali Liddle, in memory of her brother-in-law.
“He sadly passed away on Sunday 14th September 2014 at home with his family, supported by HospiceCare. Running the GNR for Hospicecare North Northumberland was a way of giving something back, for their support at a vital time of need. My step-daughter, Ali kept me going round the course on Sunday, it was tough, particularly in the heat, though the crowds really keep you going. We are proud to have raised over £1,500 for HC and want to thank everyone for their support.”