Pounding the streets for charity

Three runners from Wombwell and Doncaster are going to put their best feet forward to raise money for our Balby-based hospice.

Tracey Wakefield (53) of Armthorpe, Doncaster, together with her son Jack (27) and his partner Emma Fox (23), both of Wombwell, Barnsley, will take part in the Great North Run which covers 13.1 miles from Newcastle to South Shields on September 10.

The three are all raising money for our St John’s Hospice and Tracey and Jack have previously run the race for the appeal and already have raised £175.

Tracey said: “My mum Marg Stothard died here four years ago. She spent the last couple of weeks of her life here and she loved the hospice. She always called it her ‘little step to heaven.’ The care was just like care at home, it was personal and the family felt we were leaving her in safe hands when we went home after visiting, that’s why we’re raising money for this fantastic place.”

Chris Smith, our Hospice Community Fundraiser, said: “It’s marvellous that both Jack, his girlfriend and his mum are taking part in the Great North Run for our appeal. Thank you so much. Every penny they raise will go to supporting our patients.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor the runners can visit  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JET

Pictured from the left (front row) are runners Tracey Wakefield, Emma Fox and Jack Wakefield, together with (back row) Chris Smith and Lindsey Richards of the hospice appeal.