A FAMILY of super-troopers have landed on home turf after travelling from Canada to take part in tomorrow’s Race for Grace.
Rita Brown, 69, of Leamside, will be joined by relatives who have flown from Calgary to take part in the annual 5km fund-raiser.
Rita’s cousin Joe Walt moved from his Fence Houses home to start a new life overseas 30 years ago.
But Joe, wife Elsa, daughter Kelly, son-in-law Jeff Kay and grandchildren Jorgia, eight, and Cameron, five, have flown back to Wearside for a three-week break.
While they are over here they plan to raise some cash for a good cause by taking part in the Race for Grace.
Rita, who will also be joined by pal Anne Bewley, 70, said: “We do the run every year and we think it’s such a good cause because it’s for the children.
“It’s lovely this year to be able to do it with the family and we’re all really looking forward to it.”
Jeff, who completed the Great North Run on Sunday with his wife before attending the Sunderland match, added: “When we found out about the race and what it was raising money for, we decided we had to do it.
“We’re all very excited, especially the children.”
The Race for Grace takes place tomorrow around Herrington Country Park.
This year, it is backed by Pizza Uno, which will be providing all the runners with a slice of pizza once they pass the finishing line.
Nestle Confectionery will also be providing a bar of chocolate to everyone taking part.
Karen Maclennan, regional fund-raiser, said: “The fund-raising office is buzzing with registrations and T-shirt collection.
“I would like to thank everyone taking part this year. It is your support that makes the Race for Grace so successful.”
The event raises cash for the Grace House Hospice Appeal, which is building a children’s hospice in Sunderland for youngsters from across the region.