Northumberland resident Michael Shane is no stranger to the Great North Run – he’s taken part five times! But last year was the first time he has ever run for a charity. He chose Tynedale Hospice at Home, raising an incredible £1,360.
“My dad was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in December 2015 and lost his brave fight in April 2016. The nursing team at the Hospice were a fantastic support to him and my wider family and they really helped my Mam and the rest of us come to terms with his illness. I knew that I wanted to give something back and the Great North Run was the ideal opportunity.”
“I love running and being part of the Great North Run, it’s truly the best race in the world, but running for the Hospice last year was extra special.
“The atmosphere on the day was incredible – the cheer of the crowds and their encouragement as we ran past made such a difference. Knowing that I had the support of so many friends and family who had generously sponsored me meant so much. It gave me real purpose,” continues Michael.
“I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see the finishing line – and the welcome I got back Tynedale Hospice’s fundraising tent was worth every painful step. There were massages, cupcakes, tea and plenty of thanks! It was a wonderful atmosphere. I’m so glad I signed up to support the Hospice. It was my way of giving something back.”