Smith Brothers cable jointer prepares for Great North Run in support of St.Benedict’s Hospice
Here at Smith Brothers, we know just how important it is to give back to those that help us in times of need. Which is why we are immensely proud of Stuart Gill, one of our HV cable jointers, who is set to complete the Great North Run — the world’s biggest and best half marathon that will be celebrating its 40th year, this September.
Trainers at the ready, Stuart is currently clocking up three to four runs per week to get ready for the big event. Although, he doesn’t have any plans to do any 25k-ers in the run-up (pardon the pun) he is taking part in the smaller 5-10k runs that are back up and ‘running’ in his local area.
Stuart first came to learn about St.Benedict’s when his grandmother received care for cancer, which is why he decided to set up a fundraiser, to raise money for the hospice that has helped those close to him. Following on from this, Stuart also sadly lost his father in-law to Pancreatic cancer in 2018 and with the 2020 GNR having to be cancelled due to COVID-19, Stuart has not yet had the chance to take part in the run.
However, Stuart’s ‘why’ to taking part in the half marathon and raising money for such a worthy cause doesn’t just stop there, having also recently lost two of his friends to cancer and with his dad now battling the disease, he is determined to complete the GNR and make a different to St.Benedict’s with the funds he raises.
Stuart has also commented: ‘‘Any little thing I can do to help them is why I’m running, the staff and the services they provide are worth their weight in gold’’.
100% of the funds raised will be donated to St.Benedict’s hospice in memory of those close to Stuart who have sadly lost their lives to cancer.
About St.Benedict’s Hospice
St Benedict’s Hospice has provided free specialist palliative care to the people of Sunderland and surrounding districts since 1984. Care is provided by the NHS as part of South Tyneside Foundation Trust and is also supported by St.Benedict’s Hospice charity.
If you’d like to donate to Stuart’s fundraiser, you can do so here.