Pip from our Development Team, bravely took part in the 2015 Great North Run.
This was the first year Pip had attempted to tackle the famous 13.1 mile route, which starts in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields.
All Pip’s nerves and worries about completing the half marathon were in vain, as she finished it in the very impressive time of 1 hour 53 minutes.
Pip raised an incredible £900 for the Stroke Association, which was boosted by the help of the Adderstone Foundation’s matched giving scheme.
Pip explains: “I now feel a huge sense of achievement. The race was a real challenge but I was spurred on by people’s generosity and well-wishes and the Stroke Association was always at the forefront of my mind.”
“It’s a charity very close to my heart. My Grandad has suffered from two strokes and through the quick reactions from my Gran and the fantastic care from University Hospital Durham he has been able to make a great recovery from both.
“The Stroke Association charity relies solely on donations; it helps raise awareness and provides a ‘life after stroke’ service. By picking up on the signs of a stroke and acting ‘FAST’ you really can save someone’s life.”
Thanks to Adderstone Foundation part of Pip’s donations from friends and family, have been doubled through the charity’s matched giving scheme.
The scheme exists to encourage Adderstone Group staff to engage in fundraising activities through taking part in sponsored events and personal challenges.
Every staff member employed by Adderstone Group is entitled to claim up to a maximum of £300 each year from the matched giving scheme, to be donated to a charity of their choice.
Ian Baggett, Adderstone Foundation Trustee said: “Over recent years many of our employees have taken on a wide range of challenges through matched funding and through the Foundation we have raised thousands of pounds, for many worthwhile charities.”
Over the last few weeks Pip has recovered quickly from the half marathon, she explained: “I am really thankful to everyone who sponsored me. I’m ecstatic that I have raised £900 for the Stroke Association, I hope the money I have raised will help generate more awareness and enable stroke victims a speedy, fulfilled recovery.
“I am also very grateful to the Adderstone Foundation, their support really spurred me on.”
Thanks to all who supported.”
Find out more about the Stroke Association here - https://www.stroke.org.uk/