Darlington Building Society’s Great North Run team present over £3,700 to charities

Eight Darlington Building Society staff members today presented their chosen charities with over £3,720 that they raised by completing the Great North Run (GNR). The fundraising total is almost double the £250 per person target set by the Society.

The chosen charities are My Sisters Place, Daisy Chain, Multiple Sclerosis Society, British Heart Foundation and MIND.

All eight runners crossed the finish line at – or faster than – their target times, despite the 13.1 mile route being more difficult than usual due to Covid-related diversions.

Sarah Rose, Business Development Manager, ran with her sister for the British Heart Foundation in memory of their mam, who passed away from vascular disease.

Sarah said: “There was such a buzz. To have spectators, who don’t even know you, shout your name and cheer you on was heart-warming and spurred me onto continue. It was an emotional finish for both me and my sister, because of the reason we ran. I’m super proud knowing that our mam will have been looking down on us.”

Emma Robinson, People Talent Officer and two-time GNR participant, ran for Daisy Chain, a local charity that offers services to people on the autistic spectrum.

Emma said: “Daisy Chain are incredible people. It was great to meet some of the volunteers, families, and children on race day. I highly recommend taking part either running or watching, it’s a brilliant day.”

The event marked Customer Service Supervisor, Virginia Parry’s third GNR. She ran for the Multiple Sclerosis charity, a cause close to her heart as her dad has the condition.

Virginia said: “Race Day was fab! This year was just as good as the other times I have ran, with some amazing outfits and very welcome snacks in the gift bag once we finished! The new route was challenging, but totally worth it.”

Simon Jonson, Senior Underwriter, ran for mental health charity MIND and said: “The course was tough and had a lot of inclines, especially towards the end. But the crowds were amazing…I Definitely want to run the course next year when it reverts back to the classic route.”

Louise Thorpe, Head of Direct Distribution, Redcar Branch Manager Lisa Sidgwick, Middlesbrough Branch Manager Nicola Donaghue and Roving Branch Supervisor Lauren Fleming ran as a team of four for My Sisters Place, a Middlesbrough-based domestic violence charity.

Published: 11 October 2021