Fitness drive inspires Katie’s entry

Katie Askew out training for the Great North Run with her dog.
Katie Askew out training for the Great North Run with her dog.

A woman is competing in the Great North Run for a charity close to her heart.

Katie Askew has spent the last two years increasing her fitness while losing weight, and has lost five stone in total.

She has stepped up her training and is now preparing to take part in the run on Sunday to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

And she will be joined on the run by her partner, who is raising money for Action Research.

Katie, who works for H&T Pawnbrokers in Wallsend, said: “I am running for St Oswald’s Hospice from my local area, for all the amazing work they do and people they help.

Anyone who would like to donate can visit the H&T store or Katie’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Katie-askew1/

Katie has a donation tin in the H&T store on 28 High Street East and so far generous customers and members of public have put nearly £100 into the tin.

St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to adults, children and young people from the north east of England, including free hospice care, end of life care, alternative therapies and bereavement support to those in need.

Katie added: “My aunt works for them and some of the stories she brings home from work are devastating, amazing and heart-warming - sometimes all at once.”