THREE members of staff from Together Housing Group aim to raise hundreds of pounds for charity when they take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle-upon-Tyne next month.
Daniel Mackay, 27, a recruitment advisor based in Blackburn, is running in aid of stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS and Team Evie. He is also running in memory of his nephew, Edward Rhodes, who was stillborn at 28 weeks earlier this year.
“After Edward’s death we were surprised by the number of friends and family who revealed similar experiences,” said Mackay. “Stillbirth is a terrible situation that no parent-to-be ever wants to face, but it happens to more couples than I realised; in the UK alone, on average nine babies are stillborn each day. These charities play an important role in supporting families at such a terrible time.”
Thomas Webster, 28, a works planner based in Halifax, is running in support of Springhill Hospice in Rochdale. He last took part in the Great North Run in 2014 and has also completed the London Marathon in the past.
“My grandfather recently passed away after a battle with cancer,” he said. “The place itself is so calm and peaceful and the nurses and volunteers are wonderful people. When the worst happens, the nurses are so caring and understanding of your situation.
“On the night that my grandfather passed away the wonderful nurses explained everything to my grandma and made her feel calm even though the situation was horrible. They made us feel like we could grieve as a family in the awful circumstances in peace.”
He added: “Springhill Hospice relies on donations to survive and as a charity that is close to my heart I would love to be able to contribute.”
Peter Jordan, 53, a communities director at Together Housing’s social enterprise Newground, based in Blackburn, is supporting the British Heart Foundation. Earlier this year, he completed the West Lancashire Spring Triathlon.
“I developed a love of running at the age of 51 after being the last member of my family to take up Couch to 5k,” he said. “Two years later I’ve got 71 parkruns under my, slightly thinner, belt, have volunteered at a further 57 and am a Run Director at Skelmersdale Junior parkrun helping others to develop their interest.”
The trio won their places in the Great North Run as prizes in a competition organised by Together Housing’s staff healthcare provider, Simplyhealth, which is an official sponsor for the event.
Perks of the prize also include a pasta party before the run, so they can load up on carbs, and physio afterwards to recover from the race, which takes place on 9 September.
The three runners can be sponsored on their Just Giving pages:
Daniel Mackay: www.justgiving.com/teams/GNRDanielMackay
Thomas Webster: www.justgiving.com/thomaswebster89
Peter Jordan: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-jordan12