Last October, The Biscuit Factory was thrilled to host the Run Geordie Run ‘Around the World’ Ball – an evening of food, games, auctions, live music and lots more besides, all in support of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation.
It was one of our most memorable events from 2015, not just in terms of the theme and spectacular set up on the night, which we developed with the organisers over a number of months, but also because it was in support of one of the region's most inspiring fundraisers.
Run Geordie Run aka Mark Allison has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds running across the UK, the US and Australia, and this latest fundraiser signalled the next stage in his bid to run around the world. To succeed in this epic challenge, he needs to cover 20,000 miles over four continents and through 24 countries.
Discussing the support received from The Biscuit Factory, Mark says: "The team were totally professional and understanding of our needs. They were with us every step of the way and helped us to raise more than we ever expected to."
His wife, Donna adds: "When we first saw The Biscuit Room, we loved it and straightaway we were picturing what
the space could look like. We also liked the idea of keeping the event local, since we were supporting two amazing local charities.”
The charity ball, which also marked the Bedlington runner’s achievements to date, raised over £8000. The Biscuit Factory was delighted to play host to such an inspiring, uplifting – and fun – event and we’re thrilled to be holding the ball again this year, on 8 October.
And the fundraising continues...
Over the past 80+ days, Mark has been in the throes of the European leg of his mammoth run across the globe – running from Lisbon, Portugal to Belgrade, Serbia and covering a staggering 2650 miles.
This has seen Mark cross some of the most iconic and challenging terrains and landscapes across Europe, including the Pyrenees and the Alps, no less.
He is due to finish this part of his challenge on Friday 22 July in Belgrade, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to find out more about Mark’s involvement with the charities he supports…
The Children’s Foundation
Through his fundraising efforts, Mark supports The Children’s Foundation.A local charity that was set up in 1990, The Children’s Foundation has the vision of giving children and young people in the North East the best health and wellbeing services in the UK.
The charity runs a number of projects, including the Star Swards, recognising ‘little stars’ across the North East; and Clown Doctors which gives hospitalised children the chance to take part in
artistic play. The Children’s Foundation also supports the Great North Children’s Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital Children’s Unit.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched by Sir Bobby in 2008 to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.The charity funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, which directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and significantly contribute to international research into cancer.
Mark Allison approached the Foundation in 2012 before his remarkable run across Australia to say he would like to raise money for the charity.
"He is an exceptional fundraiser, not only because of the phenomenal efforts he goes
to, but for his positive attitude and understanding of the work the charity funds,” explains spokesperson Liz Luff. "His dedication inspires the commitment of a strong team of volunteers around him and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is very grateful to Mark
– and very proud of him.”
To find out how you can support Mark with his world challenge, and to find out more about the upcoming charity ball visit www.rungeordierun.com.
You can also follow Run Geordie Run on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rungeordierun and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aroundtheworldrun/