On Sunday 11 September, 62 amazing supporters took on the Great North Run to raise money to ensure even more families can stay together when they have a seriously ill child in hospital.
#TeamSCT completed the iconic route through the streets of the Newcastle to raise a fantastic £28,000 to support our ‘Homes from Home’, and we’re still counting!
Families, volunteers, and staff were on hand to encourage our runners on the route, especially at our cheerpoint at the eight-mile mark. Many of those who took part in the run have stayed at one of our ‘Homes from Home’ and know first-hand the difference they make to families with a child being cared for in hospital.
One of the runners, Louise Pratt, who stayed at Crawford House when her son, Taylor, underwent a bone marrow transplant before he sadly passed away, said:
“I have good memories of Crawford House and the incredibly supportive staff. I wanted to do something to challenge myself and raise money for this brilliant charity and the Great North Run was a great way for me to do both.”
After completing the race our celebrity runner Johnny Bond, ex-guitarist with Catfish and the Bottlemen, said:
“It was a real honour to take part in the Great North Run for The Sick Children’s Trust. They do fantastic work to support families across the country and I’m thrilled I’ve been able to help support them and their ‘Homes from Home’.
Following last year’s route alteration due to covid regulations, it was fantastic to return to the original course this year with runners starting in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre before finishing at the coast in South Shields. Staff and volunteers were on hand at the charity village to give well deserved refreshments, with runners having a chance to rest and receive a professional sport physio massage being provided by Newcastle Physiotherapy.
The money raised by our runners in the Great North Run is certain to make a difference, being enough to support over 700 nights in our ‘Homes from Home’. We can’t thank them enough for all their support, not forgetting everyone who made donations to each of our runners. You can read more about some of our runners stories here
If you would like to take part in next year’s run contact firstname.lastname@example.org