Seven family members and friends took on the Simplyhealth Great North Run this weekend in memory of Harry Fraser. Harry’s daughter Nikki Hudson, from Redcar, his nephew Craig Potter nieces Sally Potter joined thousands of runners on Sunday 9 September to raise funds for national charity Epilepsy Action. The charity provides vital support to the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK.
Also part of Team Harry were Nikki’s wife, Rachael Hudson, and Nikki’s friends, Aimee Corcoran, Chris Corcoran and Amy Herdman-Burns. They were running 25 years to the day that Harry passed away following an epileptic seizure.
They joined around 57,000 other runners to take on the 13.1 mile run. The world’s biggest half-marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run begins in Newcastle and finishes in South Shields. Some 143 runners took part on behalf of Epilepsy Action this year, the charity’s biggest team of fundraisers to date.
Nikki and the rest of Team Harry were compelled to run for Epilepsy Action because because of the work that the charity does for people living with epilepsy and their families. She said: “Given the significance of the day we wanted to do something to remember my dad and what better way than raising lots of money for an amazing charity. They do so much to try and prevent other families being in the situation myself, my brothers and the rest of my family were.
Team Harry are on course to raise £2,000 for Epilepsy Action. The money raised will help to support Epilepsy Action’s work all over the UK. The charity campaigns to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of epilepsy, as well as better healthcare and fairer access to education and employment.
Amy Hesselden, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “We’re so grateful to Nikki and the rest of Team Harry for taking on the Great North Run for Epilepsy Action this year. Thanks to people who have taken part in the race for Epilepsy Action since 2005, a total of £500,000 has been raised. This has helped to continue our work across the UK and make a real difference for people with epilepsy.”
Donations to the justgiving page can be made by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gnrteamharry
Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition that anyone can develop at any time in their life. Every day, 87 people in the UK are newly diagnosed. Epilepsy Action is the UK’s leading epilepsy organisation which exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. Last year the charity directly helped over 2 million people through its freephone helpline 0808 800 5050, website and events. For more information, visit epilepsy.org.uk