Runner Roly notches up an amazing charity milestone

Pauline Buglass of Newcastle Hospitals and Roly Sanderson, electrical craftsman at Rio Tinto Alcan.
Pauline Buglass of Newcastle Hospitals and Roly Sanderson, electrical craftsman at Rio Tinto Alcan.

A KIND-HEARTED Lynemouth worker has raised more than £127,000 for charity — and he has still not run out of steam.

Electrical craftsman Roly Sanderson, who works at Rio Tinto Alcan’s Lynemouth Power Station, has reached the staggering total after taking part in the Great North Run for the past 26 years.

His efforts have supported a number of local charities, including the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.

And his latest run, which he completed in just one hour, 39 minutes, saw him collect an impressive £8,315 for The Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI.

Mr Sanderson recently visited the centre to see the important work he is helping to support.

“I decided to run for the The Great North Children’s Hospital because it’s a very good cause, providing comfort for many ill children, young people and their families from across the north east.

“Facilities such as the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is fantastic, providing specialist treatments for children suffering from kidney failure, meningitis or head injuries. It also offers a specially built Teenage Cancer Unit, a large outpatient department and accommodation for parents wishing to stay with their poorly child overnight.”

He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friends and colleagues who supported me. Hopefully, they will dig deep into their pockets once again when I run again this year.”

Head of Fund-raising for Newcastle Hospitals Pauline Buglass said: “I was astounded at the amount raised by Roly. His generosity is helping us to create a world class hospital for children in the north of England.

“On behalf of the hospital, patients and parents, I would like to thank him for his kindness and support.”

Colleagues at Alcan are proud of Mr Sanderson’s efforts and are planning to back him again in this year’s half marathon.

Works Director Vaun Campbell said: “We’d like to congratulate Roly once again for this fantastic achievement.

“To take on the challenge of one half marathon is hard enough, but Roly somehow finds the strength to take part each year and continues to raise vital funds for good causes throughout the region.

“Everyone at Lynemouth is incredibly proud of his efforts and we wish him all the best for his 27th Great North Run this September.”