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Katie Great North Runs for the Hospice!

A local woman will be racing around the streets of Newcastle on Sunday 9th September 2018 to help the care, support and activities at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

This year’s Great North Run will be special for Katie Mullen as she runs in aid of the local charity. Katie will be joined by a team of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw fundraisers on the start line as they raise money to support this hospice’s nurses and specialist doctors.

Katie, 26 from Carlisle, explains,

“If I’m honest I never dreamt I would ever be entering to run a half marathon but when my friends where entering I thought when better than now, plus sometimes it’s good to challenge yourself. When my uncle, Raymond Steel, died of cancer last September I wanted to do something in his memory and also show my appreciation for the Eden Valley Hospice who cared for him throughout his last days.

“When people are suffering from cancer they need support as do their families. The Hospice staff are so caring and understanding and are there to give guidance and support as well as medical care. The Hospice is such a calm environment and the staff are exceptional and without fundraising we wouldn't have this invaluable service.”

Every runner taking part in this year’s Great North Run will have their own memory, reasons and purpose for completing the 13-mile course. Whether it is to set a personal best time or to raise money in aid of charity they will create memories which will last a life time.

Katie continued,

“The thing I’m looking forward to most is the atmosphere on the day, thousands of people running for many great causes I can only image the buzz and of course the feeling when we cross the line knowing I done it.”

She then added,

“The thing I think I’m least looking forward is the thought of all the training and running 13 miles. This is way out of my comfort zone and a lot of the runners are very experienced and do it like it’s just a warm up lol. I’m no world record breaker and I can’t imagine it’s going to be easy but when we cross that line knowing I give it my best and managed to raise some money to help an amazing cause, then I will be more than happy.”

The money raised by Katie will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients’ families, friends and carers. If you would like to sponsor Katie as she undertakes the Great North Run please visit her JustGiving page.