Sunderland runner completes coast-to-coast challenge in one go

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CHARITY hero Mick Monkman has just completed a 135-mile run – without stopping.

The 37-year-old took on the mammoth challenge from Workington, in Cumbria, to Sunderland, in aid of children’s hospice Grace House.

The successful run followed another charity challenge by Mick last year, in aid of Forces charity Help for Heroes, which he had to call to a halt when he became dehydrated.

Although this year’s route took him longer to complete than expected, Mick arrived on Wearside safe and well, if a little exhausted by his exertions.

Recovering Mick, of Silksworth, said: “I was late by about four hours, so it was 42 hours altogether.

“The first 100 miles totally went to plan, but after that, the fatigue came into play.”

Mick admitted he had to dig deep during the final leg of his journey, with his body aching.

But partner Helen Blake, Mick’s dad, George, and brother Stephen, as well as Helen’s sister Angela and her partner Iain managing to spur him on to get to Roker.

“For the last 10 miles or so all I wanted to do was give up, but the support team I had around me kept pushing me on,” added Mick, who works as a quality technician.

“I was just over the moon when I finished.”

“At the minute I’ve got £1,100, which is really good.

“Grace House is so special with being a local charity and I’m really pleased to get more than £1,000 for it.”

Those who wish to donate towards Mick’s run can visit

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Help hospice hit its target

OUR Hospice of Hope Appeal is looking to raise £20,000 for a play park at the Grace House children’s hospice, being built in Southwick.

The campaign has so far gathered just short of £5,000.

You can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.

Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.

Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.

Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.

They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

We also want to hear about your fund-raising efforts for the campaign.

Call David on 501 7137 or email him at