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(From left to right) Bethanie Nisbet, Customer Service Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, Roger Wale, General Manager and Laura Armin, Warehouse Supervisor, have all signed up to take part in the 2011 Bupa Great North Run.
(From left to right) Bethanie Nisbet, Customer Service Assistant at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, Roger Wale, General Manager and Laura Armin, Warehouse Supervisor, have all signed up to take part in the 2011 Bupa Great North Run.
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STAFF from a garden centre near Morpeth have signed up to take part in the 2011 Bupa Great North Run to raise cash for charity.

Three members of the team from Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre are supporting St Oswald’s Hospice by collecting sponsorship for the event, which will be held on September 18.

Thirty-seven-year-old Roger Wale, General Manager at the centre, said: “I participated in the Bupa Great North Run last year and really enjoyed myself.

“I’m delighted to be doing the race for St Oswald’s Hospice again this year alongside my colleagues Laura Armin, Warehouse Supervisor, and Bethanie Nisbet, Customer Service Assistant.

“St Oswald’s is a fantastic cause and one of the garden centre’s ‘charities of the year’ for 2011 so it was an obvious choice to support.

“I’ve been training hard by running for around six miles most days and hope to do the charity proud.”

The Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon and last year, 54,000 runners took part.

Laura, aged 25, added: “I’m a keen runner but have never taken part in a half marathon before so I’m delighted to be taking part in the race.

“I hope to raise lots of money to help those who need it most.

“Anyone who wishes to sponsor either myself, Roger or Bethanie can do so by dropping in to the garden centre.”

Laura added: “We aim to collect more than £900 for the charity.”

St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions as well as support for their families.