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MHA staff member to take part in Great Northern Run-on behalf of resident at Cramlington based care home

ByDave Stopher

Aug 24, 2022 #MHA

An MHA staff member will be pounding the streets in the Great Northern Run-on behalf of a resident at one of the homes.

Jan Chebrika, who works as a regional fundraiser for the care provider was so touched when she found out Ruth Walby, a resident at MHA Harwood Court was unable to do the challenge and decided to do it for her.

The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in Northeast England each September.

Jan will be in a wheelchair during the run and will be pushed by another volunteer during the challenge.

The purpose of the challenge is also to raise some funds for the home, which will go towards buying an interactive tablet, which will help residents to take part in activities and will be the first one of its kind for the home.

Jan said: “When I found out Ruth was unable to do the Great Northern Run due to medical reasons, I was very upset for her and decided to do the challenge.

“She was really looking forward to doing the challenge as part of the Seize the Day Initiative we have at MHA.

“I will be doing a mixture of walking and being pushed on a wheelchair by volunteers who will be supporting me on the day.

“I am looking forward to completing the challenge and giving the medal to Ruth. She will be doing laps of MHA Harwood Court whilst the run is taking place to try and replicate the challenge.

“I am confident we can raise the funds to purchase the interactive tablet for the home and Ruth will be proud of what she has helped contribute towards.

“We have set up a JustGiving page and already raised £100 out of the £500 needed and I hope we smash the target.”

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