Over the weekend we had three of our Unifiers take on the 40th Great North Run 2021, raising money for Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. In aid of raising some money to boost local sports clubs, community groups and create apprenticeships for local youngsters. Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation is a registered charity, set up by Teessiders for Teessiders.

Having run 0 half marathons between them, Sarah Ashby, Heather Brinsley, and David Elvis decided to tackle the feat, with Unity World backing them 100%.

On completing the GNR, Heather exclaimed “It was tough to complete but I enjoyed it and feel so happy that I managed to accomplish my first half marathon. We are all so happy with the response and support we have received from everyone at Unity, our friends, family, and even strangers.”

Sarah Ashby added, “I may be struggling to walk right now but I wouldn’t change the experience, it was so invigorating tackling the run and I would do it again.”

Lastly, David Elvis “I am definitely on cloud 9 at the moment, and feeling so proud of myself, Heather and Sarah. This is such a worthy cause as well to donate to, as a fellow Teessider, it was only right that we supported a foundation close to our hearts.”

In reflection of this run, CEO Simon Scotchbrook remarked “I am ecstatic with how well our unifiers did, everyone here is very supportive, and we cannot wait for the next fundraiser. A big well done to the three of them.”

This is just one of the many charitable endeavours Unity is striving to achieve every year. In the last year, Unity has collected food and raised money for the Trussell Foundation foodbank, joined the Infant Hercules Charity Club, and help raise money for one of our own’s family members.

This year’s Great North Run had a record number of turn out, after a very tough 18 months, it was a euphoric day for the North East, in the steps of getting some normality back and bringing people back together.


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