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The Great North Darras Run in aid of St Oswald’s

The Great North Run may be cancelled, but that hasn't stopped a group of people from Ponteland completing their own run with a twist.

David Taylor, the Senior Chef at St Oswald’s has embarked on another crazy fundraising challenge. After finding out the Great North Run was cancelled, Dave signed up to do the Virtual GNR with a twist. Taking inspiration from when he completed the GNR 19 years ago, Dave has decided to resurrect his status as Dave ‘The Original Fridge Man’ Taylor and take on a 13.1 mile course around Darras Hall, with a fridge strapped to his back.

Starting and finishing at The Blackbird Inn on North Road, Dave will be doing this in memory of a patient who attended St Oswald’s Hospice who he originally pushed round the course in her wheelchair. Rebecca had longed to be part of this iconic event and had been attending the Hospice for a number of years, so Dave with his friend and colleague, Darren Harvey made her wish come true.

Dave’s determination has inspired many people across the North East. He was nominated as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2012 and represented St Oswald’s Hospice in his rein through Morpeth. His infectious enthusiasm captured the attention of not only our local community but also people across the UK and even the world.

David said:

I decided this year I would complete the Great North Runs 40th anniversary as my final run for the Hospice. When I heard it was cancelled I was upset but knew I still had to do something. I saw the Virtual Great North Run and set up my own version, The Great North Darras Run with a few family and friends. Currently, 7 of us are completing this route in Ponteland on the 13th of September and the training is going well so far.

I’ve had the fridge branded up with lots of local businesses who are supporting us along the way and it looks great. I’m so happy with the work Hooper’s Signs have done on it and can’t wait for the big run. I’m counting down the days, training each day and trying to spread the word of the hospice to everyone I know. Hopefully we’ll raise a great amount, it’s been difficult recently, but I know the people of Ponteland stick together, especially in uncertain times.

If you’d like to sponsor David and his team to complete The Great North Darras Run, you can text the word ‘FRIDGE’ to 70470 to donate £5, or visit their official Facebook page www.facebook.com/TGNDR to donate.

We’d like to say thank you Dave, and good luck to you, your team, and everyone else taking part in the Virtual Great North Run on Sunday 13th September.