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Sue prepares to run in aid of local hospice

A local woman will be racing around the streets of Newcastle on Sunday 8 September to help the care, support and activities provided at Eden Valley Hospice and the Great North Air Ambulance.

This year’s Great North Run will be special for Sue Hotchin as she runs in memory of her father and her step-father. She will be joined by a team of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw fundraisers on the start line of the half marathon, each running with their own memory and purpose.

Sue, 55 from north Cumbria, explained,

“My father spent the last few weeks of his life in a hospice in Norwich and I will be forever grateful to the staff there for the care and consideration they gave him. This thoughtfulness was also extended to my husband and I when we travelled to stay with him in his last days. Although I know this experience was not directly with the Eden Valley Hospice I have heard from others that the same understanding and support is extended there.

“I have several reasons for attempting the Great North Run: firstly, I am of the age whereby if you sit still you seize up so the challenge of a half-marathon keeps me motivated to keep active. Secondly, my step-father passed away on Friday 7th September last year and, emerging from the RVI, Newcastle, in the early morning, there were preparations going on all around us for the 2018 event. I felt at that point I had to run it in memory of him. I will also be raising funds for the Great North Air Ambulance, his favourite charity. Thirdly, I was due to run it in 2009 but didn't due to an Achilles injury - so let's see if I can do it ten years on! It's also a brilliant opportunity to raise the profile of our local charities.”

Every runner taking part in this year’s Great North Run will have their own memory, reason and purpose for completing the 13.1mile course. Whether it is to set a personal best time or to raise money in aid of charity they will all create memories which will last a lifetime.

Sue continued,

“I am most looking forward to the finish line. Also, I have been told that the atmosphere is astounding and that the support of the crowd really keeps you going. However, I am not looking forward to trying to get home, - I'm not great at chaotic crowds. If I could just be picked up and whisked off to a hot bath and glass of fizzy I would be ecstatic.”

The money raised by Sue for Eden Valley Hospice at the Great North Run will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion are extended to all the patients’ families, friends and carers. If you would like to sponsor Sue as she undertakes the Great North Run in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and the Great North Air Ambulance please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/SueHotchinGNR