Staff at a five-star hotel have agreed to take part in the Great North Run to help raise vital funds for a well-known and much-loved hospice.
Now they’re encouraging runners to snap up some of the 300 charity places secured for the Great North Run by the Butterwick Hospice.
The Butterwick Hospice launched their Great North Run event at Rockliffe Hall, which has adopted the hospice as its chosen charity for 2016.
Staff from Rockliffe have already signed up to run for the hospice, including sales & marketing manager Katie Scott, spa manager Victoria Lees and public relations manager Claudia Robinson.
They joined Teesside athlete Matty Hynes, who has been called up to run alongside Mo Farah for Great Britain next week, at the Rockliffe launch.
The Stockton-based charity – which also has a site in Bishop Auckland – hopes to raise more than £100,000 from the September 11 run in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Hynes, 28, from Middlesbrough, said: “It’s the biggest half marathon in the world and charities survive on these sorts of events.
“The Butterwick Hospice is an absolutely fantastic charity, and the more people can take part the better.
“You can get fit and healthy and have some fun along the way while raising money for a great cause.”
Semi-pro athlete Hynes was last week selected to compete alongside Mo Farah at the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on March 26.
He added: “Running for Great Britain is the pinnacle of my sport and I’ve been lucky enough to represent England and Great Britain in the past.
“Taking part in a World Championship is going to be a very good thing, although daunting at the same time, but to be in a team with Mo, who’s a global superstar, isn’t bad itself!”
Butterwick chief executive Graham Leggatt-Chidgey said: “The Great North Run is by far our largest event, and as a charity which needs to raise more than £10,000 a day to pay for patient care, the opportunity of raising more than £100,000 is a huge thing for us.
“One of the great things about running for us is that we have guaranteed places, so if people are interested they just need to go on our website and sign up, because places are going quickly already.
“All of the money will go towards caring for local people.”
The Butterwick Hospice was set up by Mary Butterwick in 1984 and now has three sites across the North-East.
Its services run 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year, at a cost of more than £3.5m a year, and it currently offers care and support to 2,000 patients and their families.
• Runners interested in taking part in the Great North Run for the Butterwick Hospice can register online at www.butterwick.org.uk
• Pictured (above) with Matty Hynes is Hospice fundraiser Helen Kirby, Rockcliffe Hall public relations manager Claudia Robinson, Hospice chief executive Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, athlete Matty Hynes, Rockcliffe Hall sales and marketing manager Katie Scott and Rockcliffe Hall spa manager Victoria Lees.