ScS gets comfortable as sponsors of Team St Oswald's for the Great North Run

Local furniture retailer ScS are sitting comfortably as the current sponsors of Team St Oswald’s for this year’s Great North Run.

In the second year of this 3 year partnership, the Sunderland-based business continues to grow in its relationship with St Oswald’s Hospice with some exciting opportunities in the pipeline for 2023.

Emily Corney, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice, said, “It’s brilliant to have ScS on board and sponsoring our dream team for 2023. I’m looking forward to seeing our runners sporting their new ScS logo on their vests as they take to the start line for the biggest and best half-marathon in the world!”

St Oswald’s Hospice is a charitable local hospice providing expert care and support for babies, children, young people and adults with life-limiting conditions. Our services are all free of charge and we strive to provide quality time for everyone.

Sharing about the partnership, Jo Pitchford, Culture, Communications & Engagement Lead at ScS said: “Supporting our communities is something we believe so strongly in as a company. Here at ScS our purpose is ‘creating the home you love’ and St Oswald’s Hospice is a home away from home for many people so we sincerely hope that our partnership with St Oswald’s supports the fantastic work they do. It is so important to us that everyone has a place they feel at home, no matter the situation.”

Great Run confirmed the results of their ballot draw in February and we’re delighted to have welcomed a number of runners to Team St Oswald’s including 4 runners from ScS. Among those joining team St Oswald’s from the sofa and carpet retailer are Simon Byrne, Chloe Avis and Luke Naylor.

Simon shared, “This will be my 5th Great North Run. Being from Newcastle, I feel almost obliged to take part. The atmosphere is always great!”

Colleague Chloe said, “Dance anthems motivate me to get round the route, I love seeing the coast line and I’m looking forward to this again and the amazing atmosphere, too!”

For Luke, this is his first ever Great North Run. “I have always said my first half marathon would be this one so I’m really excited to have this opportunity through St Oswald’s Hospice. It’s been over 5 years since I’ve done any running, so this is a great encouragement to dust off my running shoes and get motivated.”

When asked how the three plan to celebrate their Great North Run achievement, it was a unanimous declaration of a “pint in the pub with friends and family.”

Sarah Donnelly, Engagement, Culture & Comms Advisor at ScS, said, “We’re really looking forward to supporting St Oswald’s and our local community by raising as much money as possible through our runners who are running on behalf of the Hospice.”

If you’re inspired to take part in this years’ GNR, we still have some charity places available and we’d love to have you join us for this iconic half-marathon.

Emily Corney added, “The St Oswald’s tent in the charity village is THE place to be after the race. We’ll be there to celebrate your amazing achievement, with comfy chairs, sports massages and plenty of drinks and treats too.”

To sign up with one of charity places, simply head to our Great North Run page and sign up! Our fantastic team will be alongside you all of the way with training tips, fundraising support and to cheer you on all the way to the finish line.

Some of our amazing Team St Oswald’s runners representing ScS


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