James Crosthwaite has raised £650 for St Elizabeth Hospice by completing the Great North Run in memory of his Uncle Tom Crosthwaite, who received care from the independent Suffolk charity before his death in March 2023.
Taking place on Sunday 10th September, James, completed the half marathon race in a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, with all funds raised going to the hospice who cared for his uncle, until his death aged 64-years-old, this March, from heart failure, after living with incurable cancer diagnosis for 18 months.
James, who lives in Newcastle, said: “I was very apprehensive about the run, as I’ve never competed in any run like this before. The furthest I’ve ever ran was 8 miles so to do the extra 5 miles and a bit was massive for me.
“There were times during the run I thought there was no way I could finish but I just pushed on and I’m happy with my time coming in under 3 hours!
“Raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice was great, I know they looked after Uncle Tom for a wee while before his death. Before he died he asked for a birthday wish for donations to the charity, but he died 12 days before his birthday, so I thought the Great North Run would be a brilliant opportunity for me to do something I’ve always wanted to do and raise funds for the hospice.
“Without the donations I probably wouldn’t have done the race so thank you to everyone who donated and the well wishes they gave me for the race. I hope the funds raised will help other patients and their families receive support from the brilliant hospice team.”
All funds raised will go towards St Elizabeth Hospice, which every year delivers specialist palliative care to more than 3,000 people living with a progressive or life-limiting illness, and their families, throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, at a cost of around £12 million annually.
Kelly Nekrews, Community Fundraising Assistant at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “A huge well done to James for raising a fantastic amount of money for the hospice and for finishing the Great North Run – a brilliant achievement.
“Every penny raised will make such a difference to the hospice as we continue to evolve and expand our services to support more patients and their loved ones throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.”
To donate towards James’ challenge visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-crosthwaite1