Author Terry Deary will celebrate what he plans to be his penultimate Great North Run by helping out a respite centre on Wearside.
The famous face will once again be raising money for Grace House charity, which is set to provide respite care for children and young people with complex medical conditions in Southwick, Sunderland.
It will be more of a mental effort rather than a physical one.Terry Deary
A number of places to run the world’s biggest half marathon for Grace House are still available, with the deadline for entries next week.
Terry, who is famous for penning the popular Horrible Histories series of books and was also involved with a children’s TV programme based on his works, said: “I have supported Grace House since it began, it is such a great cause. I think it is one of the most polite and friendly charities that I have ever raised money for.”
Not a stranger to the sport of running, the 69-year-old grandfather, who now lives in Northumberland, is a runner at his local athletics club, running between 10-20 miles per week, the 13.1 mile Great North Run holds no fears for him.
He added:“As I have done the run before, I do tend to get bored of it as you know what is coming.
“It will be more of a mental effort rather than a physical one.”
Grace House aims to be a regional centre of excellence providing specialist short break care for children and young people with physical disabilities, health needs and life limiting conditions, and their families. The facility is set to become operational soon.
Hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity this year, 2016 could see Terry lacing up his trainers for the last time, as he added: “Next year it will be my 70th birthday and 20th Great North Run, so I think that will be a good time to stop.”
Applications to tackle the Great North Run in aid of Grace House closes at midday on Monday, July 6. To apply for a place, call 525 2885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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