Robin Greenwood, 49, from Garforth, East Leeds, has raised £1,100 for children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent by taking part in the Great North Run.
On Sunday 10 September Robin joined over 40,000 others to run the 13.1 mile race from Newcastle to South Shields, and completed the course in two hours and 12 minutes.
Robin was motivated to run for CLIC Sargent because it is the chosen charity partner of his employer Signet, the company that owns and runs branches of H Samuel, Ernest Jones, and Leslie Davis.
He was also inspired by his daughter, Hannah, aged 3.
Robin who works as an Operations Manager for Signet explains:
“Our employees across the UK have been fundraising for CLIC Sargent for a few years now, and I’ve been a part of that.
“But after hearing more about the work it does supporting young cancer patients and their parents I wanted to do something personally that could make a difference. Especially as I have a daughter myself.
“I found myself looking at her wondering how we’d cope if she had cancer, and that’s when I signed up to do last year’s run.
But Robin’s plans were scuppered after he injured his Achilles heel. Undeterred and once fully recovered, Robin started his training for this year’s run in April.
“I’m definitely not the fittest person in the world, and certainly not built for endurance, and I wanted to see if I could manage it.
“My wife and family and friends didn’t think I’d commit to the training but I did, and the people lining the route on the day were amazing. My legs started to buckle but their cheers kept me going.”
The money Robin raised will now support CLIC Sargent’s work providing emotional, clinical, financial and practical support to young cancer patients and their families.
This includes providing free ‘Home from Home’ CLIC Sargent accommodation close to hospitals across the UK that specialise in treating children and young people with cancer, so that families can stay together during treatment.
On the difference the money will make Robin says:
“I read something about how £30 can help CLIC Sargent look after a family overnight in one of its Home from Homes.
“It’s wonderful to think that the money I’ve raised means that families will be able to have some respite together away from the hospital ward in a cosy and safe place.”