Craig sets out on epic fundraising

Craig Thompson is taking on 12 challenges in 2016 to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice, including  the worlds toughest mountain bike ride, the Strathpuffer.
Craig Thompson is taking on 12 challenges in 2016 to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice, including the worlds toughest mountain bike ride, the Strathpuffer.

A fundraiser is part way through an epic challenge to raise money for charity.

Craig Thompson, from Killingworth, has set himself a task of completing 12 challenges this year to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in memory of his mother Jan who was diagnosed with MND ten years ago.

He has already completed a 100 mile cycle from Berwick to Tynemouth as well as taking part in the 24-hour Strathpuffer, held in the Scottish Highlands and billed as one of the toughest mountain bike events in the world.

Craig, 36, said: “Whenever I set myself a challenge I don’t want it to be easy as people with a terminal illness face difficult challenges everyday.

“I am not the typical build for a cyclist or a runner but I believe that anyone can achieve their goals if they set their minds to it.

“In September 2016 it would have been 10 years since my mam was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

“When she was first diagnosed I wasn’t in the north east to help out so I decided fundraising was the best way to show I was thinking of her.

“I began raising money for the MND Association and have continued ever since. Even though my mam is no longer with us there are still people who need help.

“Ten years on I feel it is the right time to do something bigger and raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice as well as the MND Association as both charities helped her during such a difficult time.”

To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigThompson

St Oswald’s fundraiser, Natalie Santamera said: “Craig has gone above and beyond anything we expect from our supporters.

“We have been blown away by the enormity of the challenge he has set himself and will support him however we can.

“We are so grateful for supporters like Craig who go out of their way to raise money for the hospice.

“Without them we would simply be unable to maintain the services and care we provide for our patients and their families.”