Blisters and sore feet all for a good cause

On a crisp autumn morning, thousands of runners put on their running shoes and took to the road to help raise funds for worthwhile causes.

Five members of staff from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a provider of mental health and disability services, ran the Great North Run, the largest half marathon; to make a difference to the people they serve.

Andrew Thorn, Community Services Modern Matron said: “Having been given the opportunity to complete the Great North Run for NTW’s Shine Fund I think it’s fair to draw an analogy here with the work we do and explain my reason for running for the fund. 13.1 miles is a lot of steps (20,584 to be precise for me) and much like recovery from mental ill health, every single step relies on a combination of things to be in the right place at the right time.

“One thing missing from that complex jigsaw, can lead to a stumble or injury. In our work, it’s much the same, and the SHINE fund offers us the opportunity to make sure that some of the small things that can make such a huge difference to our service user’s journey back to health are there to help them make confident steps forward.

“Running the GNR gave me the opportunity to help a little, with the assistance of some very generous friends. It also gave me a fabulous opportunity to savour the experience of running amongst such a huge crowd and to experience the support of thousands of spectators. We also managed to get a brief mention from Alan Robson at the start line. If anyone gets the chance to do this, embrace it and give it your best shot”

Ailsa Miller, Patients Finance and Cashiers Manager at NTW said: “Our runners this year have been amazing; they raised £1926.81 for the SHINE fund.

The charity was set up to fund the extra comforts that can make a real difference. Donations do not replace the money used to fund care but helps to provide therapeutic activities or items of comfort.

Through this we can help to provide our patients with those little ‘extra’s that make all the difference. Knowing this drives us to go the extra mile and we are passionate about raising more money so that we can help more. Thank you to all the runners who took part in this year’s GNR”.