Good luck to our Great North Run participants

Posted on Wed, 08/09/2021

Best of luck to Team Gateshead as they prepare to take on this year’s Great North Run.

Gateshead Health NHS Trust has a team of five runners this year who have all signed up to take part in the challenging half marathon.

All funds raised will go to QE Charitable Funds - the official charity of QE Gateshead - and the runners have each selected a hospital department that is close to their hearts for their fundraising.

This year our runners are raising money for older persons, critical care, cancer services, maternity and the special care baby unit.

QE Charitable Funds raises money to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families beyond that which the NHS provides. Through fundraising, the charity is able to touch the lives of thousands of people at the hospital every year.

Clare King, Charitable Funds Manager at QE Gateshead, said: “I’d like to wish all of our Great North Runners the very best of luck this year, especially in light of the extremely difficult 18 months we have all endured.  However, this year is a very unique year for the Great North Run as it celebrates its 40th Birthday which will make this event all that more memorable.”

All of our runners dedication and support makes a huge difference to people visiting our hospital and many of our runners are running for departments that are very close to their hearts.

QE Charitable Funds operates more than 50 charitable funds covering wards and departments across the hospital, which means that donors and fundraisers can identify exactly which part of the hospital they would like to support and we can guarantee that every single penny goes to that area.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, changes have been made to this year’s event to ensure the race can go ahead in a COVID secure manner and social distancing can be maintained as much as possible.

Runners have been allocated an arrival time and the route has also changed slightly meaning it will start and finish in Newcastle. You can view the new route via this map.

The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, with over 57,000 dedicated runners each year. The 13.1 mile race takes place on Sunday 12th September.

Good luck to everyone taking part.


Meet some of our runners:

Jeni McAuley –

I’m hoping to complete the Great North Run, in its 40th year when I have also turned 40!

I am raising money for the Critical Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. 

Our experience of the department and the amazing staff over the Christmas period in 2019 was nothing short of outstanding. The care was second to none and my family were fully supported through an incredibly difficult time, thankfully with a happy ending.

Our experience was pre-COVID, and having seen how hard the staff work in normal times I can only imagine how difficult the last 18 months have been for them.

I hope to raise some money for the department to say thank you on behalf of my family.

Please show your support and donate via my JustGiving page.


Natalie Harmer –

 I have worked for maternity at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for almost 7 years as a Health Care Assistant. I am  amazed every day in my role and am so humbled to be part of such an amazing team.

 Therefore, this year I am raising money for our maternity and special care baby unit.

 I now hope I can make them proud by completing this challenge.

 My place has only recently been confirmed and although I have done around 2 runs this year, I have faith I can do it!

Please get on board and show me some support. You can donate via my Justgiving page.


Alex Richardson –

 For the first time I have decided to run the Great North Run in aid of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

 I am fundraising for the special care baby unit as both of my children were born within the QE’s maternity   department.

 I decided on this charity as I know the funds will be staying with the hospital to buy new things for visitors such   as chair beds for partners/family member and even go towards new facilities such as birthing pools and critical   lifesaving equipment.

If you would to donate, please visit my JustGiving page.


Nicole Morris –

This year I am fundraising for cancer services within Gateshead.

I currently work for the QE Hospital as a staff nurse and have done throughout the pandemic. I would like to raise some money by completing the race to give financial support to the patients of the North East admitted into hospital, making their hospital stay and recovery slightly more positive.

Cancer has touched too many people I know and love, it affects all of us at some point in our lives and it’s a horrendous thing to go through.

My training might not have gone to plan but I am determined to run the whole 13 miles (even if it takes me 4 hours!) and raise some money for a very important cause.

Please show your support and donate via my JustGiving page.


Allison Ennis –

 Allison is fundraising for our older persons fund to show support for her local hospital.

 You can see Allison’s running diary and donate via her JustGiving page.

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