Elaine on her marks for run

Elaine Browell, of North Shields, who will be taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Elaine Browell, of North Shields, who will be taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

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A runner is preparing to go through the pain barrier to help raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Elaine Browell, of North Shields, is taking part in the Great North Run in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity volunteer will be running in memory of Kay O’Nions, a Tynemouth woman who used to take part in the society’s Singing for the Brain sessions in North Shields.

Elaine, a member of the Monkey Runners club, said: “Kay was so very special to me because she really was the loveliest lady.

“Despite the fact she had dementia she never lost her dignity or her sense of humour. She loved coming to the Singing for the Brain group to be with her friends and other people like her.”

Kay, a great grandmother, died at the age of 87 in March and she will be in Elaine’s thoughts when she takes part in her first Great North Run.

Elaine added: “I’m raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society because I’ve been volunteering for them for the last three years and I know what I difference services make to people with dementia and their carers.

“My grandmother had dementia but I started volunteering mostly for selfish reasons to learn new skills and I soon learned that I loved it. I got loads from it, certainly more than I could have imagined.

“I’m very excited, nervous, the whole lot. I know it’s a fabulous atmosphere because I was on the Alzheimer’s Society cheer bus last year. It will be very emotional and I know I will have to go through the pain barrier but it will be worth it.”

Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser Rebecca Scott added: “We want to create communities here on Tyneside where people with dementia can live well and volunteers like Elaine show we are heading in the right direction.”

To sponsor Elaine visit go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ElaineBrowell