l-r Anne Burns, Steph Brew, Lynda Kerr (1)

Running for charity to keep alive the memory of a friend

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Tracey Brew passed away in St. Benedict’s Hospice in November 2014 at the age of 47 from kidney cancer, leaving her husband Simon and children Chris and Steph.  Last year, a group of friends, along with Simon and members of the Brew family, organised several events to raise money that was split between St. Benedict’s and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.  Tracey had been involved in a clinical trial with the foundation at the Freeman Hospital, which extended her life by a number of years.  The year culminated in a gala evening at the Roker Hotel, which alone raised over £7,000 thanks to the support and generosity of owners Mark and Nicola Hird.

The fundraising is continuing in 2017, with the aim of reaching a two-year target of £25,000.  Events have, or will, include a coffee morning, dog walk, cycle ride and a music night.  The next big fundraising push will be at the Siglion Sunderland City 10K, which will be tackled by Steph Brew, Anne Burns and Lynda Kerr in memory of Tracey.  Steph, Anne and Lynda are raising money at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/wish-you-were-here.

Lynda Kerr explains:

“Our view is that if we can all have great fun and raise money for two wonderful charities at the same time, then why would we not do it!!  We are planning to top last year’s total and the Siglion Sunderland City 10K is next on the calendar.  It’s safe to say that Steph, Anne and I are not particular sporty and we prefer to spend our leisure time enjoying more gentle pursuits, so we are hoping for a reasonable level of sponsorship to spur us on this Sunday.”

Best of luck to you all from all of us at Events of the North- see you at the Finish line!

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DS Media + Events is the brainchild of Steve Cram, who heads a team who have extensive experience in event organisation, delivery and marketing of major sporting events, as well as broadcasting and the media. Steve, former international athlete, World Record holder and Olympic medallist is also director of Extra Mile, which has acted as consultant to numerous major running events such as the Bristol Half Marathon, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All and has organised the elite road races at the Middlesbrough 10K.