Charity runners boost care unit funds

Some of the runners who completed the Great North Run in aid of the new palliative care unit at the BGH.
Some of the runners who completed the Great North Run in aid of the new palliative care unit at the BGH.

A TEAM of 19 raised thousands of pounds for the new palliative care unit at Borders General Hospital (BGH) by taking part in the Great North Run.

The 13-mile course from Newcastle to South Shields was tackled by 38,000 runners, including the team on behalf of Friends of Borders General Hospital, who aim to raise £70,000 for the Margaret Kerr Unit.

The full amount raised is not yet known, but two members of the squad have collected £1,700 between them already.

Tony Watson of Friends of the BGH said: “Our runners trained hard for many months and were delighted that conditions were ideal. The atmosphere on the course was great and they all finished with a well justified sense of achievement.

“The Friends would like to express their gratitude for all the hard work put in by the runners and to all those who sponsored them.”