One of the Batonbearer’s is local man Dennis Hewitt from Birtley. Avid supporter of St Oswald’s Hospice, Dennis was nominated by his brother Alan to be one of the lucky few to carry the Queens Baton. We caught up with Dennis to find out more:
All Runs Club member to carry Queen's Baton through Gateshead for St Oswald's
The Commonwealth Games are fast approaching this year with a large part of the games is the Queen's Baton Relay, which began over 10 months ago.
I looked at the criteria, have you done any work with sports, charity, arts, media, film, TV? Tick, tick, tick, tick, I’ve got to do this. So my brother Alan nominated me and I thought, I’ve got to stand a chance.
As soon as I got the acknowledgment I thought, right, I’ve got to do something with it. The hospice was the first thing that came to mind. I love being involved in sporting events and challenges and I wanted to raise money for the Hospice through this incredible opportunity.
I’ve been raising money for the hospice all this time, I do the Great North Run every year with the All Runs Club, and every year I’m sponsored for the hospice. But with doing it every year it’s hard to get sponsors, you know. I thought this is something different, the Baton Relay is not something that comes along every day, I like to raise money for charity whenever I can.
Dennis has supported St Oswald's since it opened in the 80's. In 1988 his father spent his final week of life at the Hospice, with Dennis praising the amazing work the staff carried out during this time.
Because of that, I wanted to raise money for the Hospice through this incredible opportunity. I love being involved in sporting events and challenges and I've raised quite an amount for charity. I am a member of the charity costume groups The North East Avengers and North East Legion and I have completed every Great North Run raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice. Being part of the ‘All Runs Club’ is a great achievement and I’m hoping some of them will come along to watch me on the day. I know about 5 of us all support St Oswald’s too which is another thing we all have in common.
If you’d like to see Dennis complete his section of the run, you can see him on Friday 15th July, starting at 16:42 from 674 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6JA, and will finish at 599 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5HA. Dennis is also raising money for St Oswald’s through this, where you can visit his JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/dennis-hewitt14