The Great North Run is an amazing fun-packed event that takes the North East by storm everyÂ year! People travel nationally and internationally to take part in the 13.1 mile race,Â work up aÂ sweat and raise money for their chosen charities.
This year, six of our YMCA North Tyneside staffÂ including the YMCA Panda took up the challenge and ran alongside 57,000 runners including Mo Farah.
Our competitors ran to raise money for one of our main causes â€“ our young people withinÂ supported accommodation. We currently house 20 young people, all of whom do not have anotherÂ home to go to. By 2017, our goal is to give a home toÂ 100 homeless young people and the Â£1600 raised byÂ our team will help significantly.
Jenni Sime who took part in the event said;
â€œI really enjoyed myself and was proud of my finishingÂ time. I found it tough but the thought of raising money to provide opportunities for young people whoÂ have had many set-backs in life spurred me on. I also had a panda chasing meâ€¦â€
Steve Pugh, otherwise known as the YMCA Panda says:
â€œOne of the main struggles these youngÂ people face alongside homelessness is hopelessness.â€
We canâ€™t wait to see the positive impacts of where this money goes and to hear more amazingÂ stories of lives turned around.