Fundraisers are on their marks

Best of luck to Team QE as they prepare to take on this year’s Great North Run.

The QE Hospital in Gateshead has a team of 35 runners who have all signed up to take part in the challenging half marathon. All funds raised will go to QE Charitable Funds  - the official charity of QE Gateshead - and the runners have each selected a hospital department that is close to their hearts for their fundraising, ranging from the chemotherapy unit and St Bede’s Hospice to the Special Care Baby Unit and IVF.

QE Charitable Funds raises money to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families beyond that which the NHS provides. Through fundraising, the charity is able to touch the lives of thousands of people at the hospital every year.

Melanie Armstrong, Communications and Charitable Funds Manager at QE Gateshead, said: “I’d like to wish all of our Great North Runners the best of luck this year. All of their dedication and support makes a huge difference to people visiting our hospital and many of our runners are running for departments that are very close to their hearts.

“QE Charitable Funds operates more than 40 charitable funds covering wards and departments across the hospital, which means that donors and fundraisers can identify exactly which part of the hospital they would like to support and we can guarantee that every single penny goes to that area.”

The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, with over 57,000 runners each year. The 13.1 mile race takes place on 9 September.

To find out more about QE Charitable Funds, please visit