Over £30,000 raised in the Great North Run 2016

As the final sponsorship money comes in from our runners, we are incredibly delighted to announce that Team TCF have raised over £30,000. A fantastic achievement by the whole team of runners and we want to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them. Everyone has their own reason for taking part in the Great North Run, but we look at the story of Gary Fawcett and Oliver York from Brewin Dolphin who managed to raise almost £5,500 between them.

“The reason why I chose to run for The Children’s Foundation is because ever since my own children came along I have supported children’s charities whenever I can.  My middle child had a small operation on his stomach when he was only two weeks old and we had a week’s stay in hospital between North Tyneside General Hospital and the RVI, where his operation was carried out.   It opened my eyes to the challenges that some families face.  I know there are many children not as fortunate as my own and that is why I thought any money Oliver and I were able to raise by doing the Great North Run would be put to good use by The Children’s Foundation.

I am absolutely delighted that we managed to raise almost £5,500.  Oliver and I have been supported by so many people and we are really appreciative of the donations we received, as we know there are a lot of requests from people doing the Great North Run.

It was the first time I had done the Great North Run and the second for Oliver.  I always came last at school when doing cross country so I was dreading the main event!  I had done a bit of training but not as much as I hoped I would do due to the time pressures of work and family.  However, I was absolutely delighted with my time of 2 hours 35 mins and 33 seconds, however, Oliver did beat me by exactly 2 mins, which I put down to his much younger legs!  I am not really a runner, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the run and it is amazing how your fellow runners carry you along.

Overall, a fantastic experience, but the best part is the amount we managed to raise for an excellent cause.”

A huge well done to Gary and Oliver and thank you to everyone who sponsored Team TCF this year.

Places will soon be available for the Great North Run 2017. To secure your place please contact Lara.Puertas@nuth.nhs.uk