University of Chester lecturer completes the Great North Run
Brian Palmer, a lecturer from Chester, completed the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Brian, 53, who completed the 13.1 mile run in two hours 17 minutes, chose to run for Make-A-Wish after hearing about his son’s friend’s wish to visit Disneyland Paris.
He said: “My golf club, Pryors Hayes, selected Make-A-Wish as their partner charity this year – that, along with knowing a wish recipient, convinced me to get involved in fundraising for them as they’re such a fantastic charity.
“So far I’ve raised nearly £5,000 and I’m really thrilled.”
Amanda Williams, director of fundraising at Make-A-Wish, said: “We are extremely grateful to Brian for running the Great North Run on behalf of Make-A-Wish.
“We are proud to have granted more than 8,000 wishes in the UK, and we wouldn’t have been able to do that without the help of dedicated supporters like Brian.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting life-threatening conditions. Make-A-Wish will grant more than 1,000 wishes in 2013, and needs to raise ï¿½7m to achieve this.
The charity receives no government funding or lottery grants – so every donation really does count.
To support Brian visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Brian-Palmer1 .
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 40 50 60.