Fundraisers from Marlborough Surgery in Seaham have raised more than £6,000 for St Benedict’s Hospice through taking part in the Great North Run.

The team, led by Advanced Nurse Practitioner Maria Davis, raised £6,688 at the famous run in September.

Maria, whose personal experience deepened her appreciation for hospice care, played a pivotal role in driving the fundraising efforts.

Having witnessed first-hand the invaluable support provided by the hospice, Maria’s dedication is evident not only in this recent campaign but also in her previous fundraising endeavours, including a challenging trek along the Great Wall of China in 2019.

“Ten years ago, I experienced an unimaginable loss when I said goodbye to my beloved mother,” said Maria.

“The pain and grief were overwhelming. It was during this difficult time that the hospice stepped in. The compassionate and dedicated team at the hospice not only provided exceptional care to my mother but also extended their support to our entire family.

“To show my sincere gratitude, I have become an avid fundraiser. I have just completed my 10th consecutive GNR to raise funds for the hospice. I have also trekked the Great Wall of China and climbed Mount Toubkal.

“My fundraising journey will continue as long as my legs keep moving. I am forever indebted to them.”

The fundraising efforts of Marlborough Surgery don’t end here. On November 2nd, the team is organising a Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk.

Staff members will embark on a journey from the surgery to Seaham Hall Car Park and back, distributing essential prostate cancer awareness materials during the walk.

This event aims to raise crucial awareness about prostate cancer, a cause that holds significant importance for the surgery team.

Marlborough Surgery Seaham has established a JustGiving page dedicated to supporting Prostate Cancer UK. Donations can be made here:

Asked about the achievement of Maria and the team, Practice Business Manager, Joanne Urquhart-Arnold, said: “Maria spoke to the team earlier this year about running the Great North Run in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice, a cause which we know is very close to her heart.

“She did a fantastic job of rallying the team and 4 of whom agreed to take part. We couldn’t be more proud of their achievements, not only completing the race, but raising a magnificent £6k in the process.”