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Keeping it running in the family

Avid supporters of the Hospice, Paul Donaghy and his Daughter Lauren have vowed to run the Great North Run this year to raise money for us in memory of their mother and grandma.

Paul Donaghy, 50 from Durham decided for his 50th birthday he wanted to complete an A-Z of challenges to raise money for the hospice as we cared for his mum over 30 years ago. Completing most of the letters, Paul now only has to complete ‘H’, which he has decided will be half marathon. After volunteering at the finish line of the Great North Run for the last 5 years with his daughter Lauren 18, they saw the 75% off offer so decided this would be the year to take part together.

Paul said:

I’ve done the Great North Run once before about 10 years ago, so I’m a bit out of practice but it’ll be fun. So far Lauren and I have been training together but it has just crept up on us and now I can’t believe how close it is. Luckily I’m a PE teacher in a school and Lauren has just finished her A-Levels, so we have plenty of time to train during the days now. I think the crowds carry you, the atmosphere is incredible and you really can’t live it unless you’ve done it.


I wanted to do something great this year and really challenge myself. St Oswald’s looked after my mum over 30 years ago and she died a few days after her 50th birthday, with just turning 50 myself I decided it would be a perfect chance to really give something back. As part of my A-Z of challenges, ‘T’ was for Tough Mudder, which works out about 10 miles, I suppose that was a good bit of training but that was over a month ago and I haven’t done any big distances since.


My cousins are coming up to Newcastle to run with Lauren and I, it’ll be a nice reunion for us to do something all together. My friend Mo Farah might run with us too but I’m not sure whether he’ll be able to keep up. We’ve all been collecting sponsor money and together with my other challenges I’ve raised a total of £1800 so far towards my target of £1967 chosen as that was the year I was born. A last minute push could be the key to reaching my target to help out St Oswald’s.

Helen Alderson, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice added:

Paul is such a keen fundraiser it’s great to help him out through his adventures. Completing the Great North Run with his daughter is a lovely idea and I’m sure there’ll be some rivalry in there too. Taking on this mammoth challenge as a family is as Paul says, a lovely reunion but also a great source of motivation to complete the race, whilst having fun at the same time. We can’t thank you enough Paul and Lauren – and everyone else running this year for Team St Oswald’s!

If you fancy challenging yourself and or want to try something new, you can join Team St Oswald’s for the Great North Run 2019. We’re offering places for just £14 – a 75% saving! This will be an online offer only for the duration of the run. Please visit our web page here.