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Lizzy prepares to run in aid of local hospice

A local woman will be racing around the streets of Newcastle on Sunday 9 September to help the care, support and activities at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.

This year’s Great North Run will be special for Lizzy Curry as she remembers her grandfather and supports the local charity. Lizzy will be joined by a team of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw fundraisers on the start line as they raise money to support the hospice’s nurses and specialist doctors.

Lizzy, originally from Penrith but now lives in Berlin, explains,

"My grandfather, Harry Evans, spent his final weeks in the hospice in January 2017, and the care he received really was second to none. It gave our family a lot of comfort to know that he was being so brilliantly looked after by the hospice, as such, he was able to have a peaceful end to his life.

“My granda had a get-up-and-go attitude towards life, and it’s exactly that positive and proactive behaviour I want to mirror by running this challenging race and raising money for a fantastic charity. I’m honoured to be running in aid of Eden Valley Hospice, and very happy to be able to give something back to a charity that is invaluable for the area in which I grew up.

“I’ve yet to take part in a half marathon race, and being the world’s biggest and arguably most iconic half marathon, the Great North Run seemed like the perfect choice. It’s a great opportunity for me to train and increase my fitness level, achieve a personal goal in a great city, and most importantly, raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause.”

Every runner taking part in this year’s Great North Run will have their own memory, reasons and purpose for completing the Newcastle course. Whether it is to set a personal best time or to raise money in aid of charity they will create memories which will last a life time.

Lizzy continued,

“I am most looking forward to the atmosphere whilst running and feeling pride when, hopefully, I cross the finish line. I am not looking forward to the inevitable aches and pains after the race is over.”

The money raised by Lizzy will help the local charity to provide care, support and activities to adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ families, friends and carers. If you would like to sponsor Lizzy as she undertakes the Great North Run please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lizzy-curry