A HUSBAND and wife are gearing up to tackle this year’s Great North Run in aid of charity.
Nigel and Judith Robinson, of Whitley Bay, are taking on the half-marathon to raise money for Anthony Nolan, a charity set up to help blood cancer victims by arranging blood stem cell or bone marrow transplants.
Nigel, 49, and Judith, 47, owners of Robinson Optometrists in Monkseaton, will be joined on the 13-mile challenge by five of their colleagues.
The team decided to support the charity after Derek Bourne, the husband of fellow employee Lorna, was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2008.
Despite apparently responding well to treatment, the 61-year-old, of Whitley Bay, was told last year that the cancer had returned leaving him in need of a blood cell transplant to survive.
Anthony Nolan used its register to find Derek a match in Germany, and he underwent a successful transplant in October.
Nigel said: “Derek and Lorna are truly inspirational. No matter what happens, they’re always so upbeat.
“We wanted to do something to show our support, so we decided to take part in the Great North Run and raise money for Anthony Nolan.
“It’s the first Great North Run for most of the team, who have worked really hard on their training.
“Knowing that every pound we raise will help other people like Derek keeps us motivated when we’re out there pounding the streets.”
Jane Adlington, head of events at Anthony Nolan, said: “We’re so impressed by the team at Robinson Optometrists.
“We feel really privileged to have seven of them running for us.”
Visit www.justgiving.co.uk/Lorna-Bourne to sponsor the team.