Gran going on run - dressed as a nun

Grandmother Joyce Guy has signed up to a fun run to say thank you to St Oswald's Hospice.

Joyce Guy

Grandmother Joyce Guy has signed up to a fun run to say thank you to St Oswald's Hospice. The 49-year-old is a day patient at the hospice after learning 18 months ago that she had lung cancer.

But on Sunday she will be putting on her running shoes - and dressing as a nun - to raise money for the charity.

Joyce, 49, is taking part in the Foresters Nun Run - and scores of other people have already signed up for the run at the Northern Fields, Saltwell Park, Gateshead. Joyce, a mother-of-three and grandmother-of-four, was so impressed with the dedication and support of the nurses that when she heard about the Nun Run, she signed up immediately.

Joyce, of Kinross Close, Barley Mow, Birtley, Gateshead, said: "St Oswald's have given me back my confidence after the cancer.

"I don't know what I would have done without them. They provide a fantastic service and I don't think they get enough praise for what they do. This is just my little way of saying thank you.

"I have raised more than £100 already and hopefully will raise more.

"It's a shame that they have to rely on donations, but everyone should give as much as they can.

"This is such a worthwhile cause as well as being a fun way to get behind St Oswald's."

All of the cash raised from the £10 entry fees and sponsorship will go to St Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth through the Association of Children's Hospices (ACH).

The event, sponsored by international financial services group Foresters, is also part of The Journal 175 St Oswald's Appeal.

The Foresters Nun Run starts at 11am, and takes place over a marked course which will be suitable for runners, walkers, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Fetching habits will be given to runners on the day.

There is no minimum sponsorship, but runners will receive a sponsorship pack.

St Oswald's Hospice is the chosen charity of a very special Journal appeal.

To celebrate our 175th anniversary this year, we are asking readers to help raise cash for one of the region's most deserving charities through The Journal 175 St Oswald's Appeal.

St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth, Newcastle, opened in 1985 and helps thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses in the region every year.

Based in Regent Avenue, Gosforth, St Oswald's has, over the last two decades, built up a world-wide reputation.

But the purpose-built unit - adult hospice and children's centre - costs £6m a year to run.

A staggering £4.5m of this has to be raised each year through donations.

It makes no charge for any of the services it provides.

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How you can help

Can you organise an event?

It could even have a 175 theme - raise a team to swim 175 lengths, run 175 laps or cycle 175 miles or kilometres?

Could your workplace, school, club or circle of friends generate a donation to an organisation which helps thousands of people in the region every year?

Anyone who has a fundraising idea and would like to have it publicised can call Tom Patterson at The Journal on (0191) 201-6107.

You can also call the St Oswald's Fundraising Hotline on 0870 700-3030 or email: fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org   Alternatively, log on to www.stoswaldsuk.org

There are still some places left for the Foresters Nun Run and you can enter the event on the day.

To do this, you are asked to turn up at Saltwell Park at 10am and register.

For more details, call (01302) 711006, email nunrun@foresters.co.uk  or go on line at www.foresters.co.uk/nunrun

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