Huge Great North Run Support for Alice House
63 runners of all ages took part in this year’s Great North Run in support of Alice House Hospice, who are strongly represented at the event every year. Hospice Fundraisers are hoping to raise £25,000 from this year’s event.
“This was another great day and I would like to say a big thank you to all who took part or supported in any way. Special thanks to go to Boots and Boots Opticians for such great generosity. If anyone is interested in running for Hospice care next year, I would love to hear from you.”
Greg Hildreth, Hospice Fundraiser
The team was sponsored by Boots Opticians and also supported by Boots Chemist, both in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. Respectively, they paid for the running shirts and fundraised in-store to boost the success of the event.
Supporting Alice House this year were regulars Phil Holbrook and Team Sally, named after Phil’s late wife who was very sadly killed in a car accident in 2012 that also left Phil with severe injuries. There is a room in Alice House named after Sally as a tribute to her and also in recognition of Phil’s commitment to fundraising.
Also running was Hartlepool United star Tommy Miller and Academy Manager John Hewitson. John was also heavily involved with last year’s LeJog campaign until he had to drop out due to a serious leg injury sustained in the challenge in which Lee Dodgson ran from Land’s End to John o’Groats to raise funds for Alice House. Despite initial plans to run the GNR, Lee was unable to as a result of injuries sustained during LeJog; Lee was replaced by a friend, Kevin Tumilty who offered to step up and represent Lee on the day.
There were also runners from charity partners Hartlepool Golf Club, including 2018-19 Captain Neil Ashby, Hartlepool Rugby Club and Rob Hoskins, who organises the annual charity golf tournament at Wynyard in aid of Alice House. Rob took part with friends and family, many of whom also support his golf day. Staff and members of regular supporters Atom gym also took part on the day. Resources such as drinks and cereal bars for the runners were kindly donated by Sainsbury’s Middle Warren.
Emma Roberts of Boots Opticians (shirt sponsor) said “We were delighted to support the Great North Run team and most vitally to play a part in providing care for local Hospice patients. It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic local charity.”
Gemma Hewitson, Manager of Boots Middleton Grange and sister of John Hewitson added “Our staff and customers were very happy to raise money in the shop and do their bit to support the runners and patients. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations on finishing the race!”
Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at Alice House who took part with fellow staff member Paula Tempest said “This was another great day and I would like to say a big thank you to all who took part or supported in any way. Special thanks to go to Boots and Boots Opticians for such great generosity. If anyone is interested in running for Hospice care next year, I would love to hear from you.”
Greg Hildreth can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01429 855529.