PARALEGAL Toni Webster will join the Great North Run to help raise funds for the charity providing free, high quality accommodation in Sheffield for families of sick children.
Toni, aged 28, is joining The Sick Children’s Trust’s team of runners in Newcastle on September 16.
All the money she raises will go towards the charity’s £1.2m Branching Out Appeal for a new ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The trust already has one house in Sheffield, Treetop House, which supports families of sick children, but there is high demand for a second.
Toni said: “I work as a paralegal at Irwin Mitchell LLP and specialise in children’s brain injury and serious injury cases. Many of my clients’ parents have stayed at Treetop House whilst their children have been inpatients at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital and have said what a lifeline it was to them. They all speak so highly about the kindness and supportiveness of the staff there.
“I have also visited Treetop House and was amazed at what the charity provides for parents and I felt compelled to help in anyway that I could. This is the second time I have run the Great North Run and I am looking forward to beating my time and reaching my fundraising goal of £1,000 for such a worthwhile cause.”
As well as running, Toni is holding monthly cake sales at the office.
The trust has 15 runners in the Great North Run. Toni can be sponsored through www.justgiving.com/Toni-Webster1.
lThe trust’s Treetop House sponsored walk is being held in Weston Park on Sunday, July 1 from 11am to 2pm. Last year’s event raised more than £1,000.