70 fundraisers gear up for Great North Run in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe
A team of 70 fundraisers is ready to take on the Great North Run for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
The runners will all be doing the gruelling half-marathon this weekend to raise funds for the Scunthorpe hospice.
And with the number of competitors doubling from last year's event, the hospice is anticipating even bigger donations this year.
One runner keen to do her bit for the hospice is 32-year-old Elizabeth Pearson from Scunthorpe. Lindsey Lodge Hospice cared for her aunt, Elaine Stamp, before she died of lung cancer three years ago.
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Now Elizabeth is ready to give something back, having trained hard to prepare herself for the half-marathon. She said: "I first considered the Great North Run because my brother and dad have done it for the past few years.
"I want to do it for the hospice because what they do is absolutely amazing.
"The staff inspired me and I am so grateful for the way they looked after my aunt.
"It is something very close to my heart and a way for me to say thank you for making a bad situation easier to bear.
"I've prepared for the run by joining a local running club.
"I also did the Scunthorpe half-marathon in February and I can't wait to take on this challenge. It is a big thing to do, but I feel well prepared."
So far Elizabeth has raised roughly £400 and she hopes to run the route alongside her father, Michael Stamp, 61, and brother Thomas Stamp, 31.
Another runner raising money for the hospice is 13-year-old Keeley Sutton from Bottesford.
She decided to do the junior section of the Great North Run after Lindsey Lodge cared for a member of her family.
Keeley, of Valley View Drive, said: "I'm doing the Junior North Run, which is 4km.
"I have been getting up at 8am every morning with my dad to train as he is entering the adult north run.
"We run about three miles every day and have been doing since the start of the summer holidays. Now school has started, my dad and I have been training after I finish school. I only have a a few days left of training and I will be doing the whole thing alone.
"I particularly wanted to raise money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice because my grandad was there and the staff took really good care of him.
"I wanted to give back to them for doing this.
"So far I have raised £30 but I have time for people to keep sponsoring me."
Keeley has previously raised money with a Lifestyle group for Dylan Storey, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.
She raised more than £1,000 during the Telegraph's Dylan's Dream campaign to help him to go for a life-changing operation in America, by helping out at old people's homes and hosting coffee mornings.
Mel Banham, head of fundraising for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, said he was ecstatic with the number of volunteers. He said: "We are delighted to have 70 runners in team Lindsey Lodge Hospice in this year's Great North Run."
The Great North Run takes place this Sunday, September 16 around Newcastle.
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