Millionth GNR finisher inspires staff health campaign

A campaign to encourage more staff to become active has been backed by the one millionth finisher to cross the finish line at the Great North Run 2014.

Tracey Cramond, who works as a contract support officer at the trust completed the 13 mile run in three hours and two seconds in memory of her mum, has raised just under £800 for Butterwick Hospice.

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Tracey starting running just last year after her mum passed away. She said: “I completed the Great North Run last year and raised funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital, but I was delighted to get a place in our local Butterwick Hospice team this year.

“I am really proud to have taken this recognition for the North East. Not only am I very grateful to everyone who has donated funds for a fantastic local charity, but I also want to encourage others to get active – anyone can do it!”

Tracey was presented with a unique finisher’s medal by Lord Sebastian Coe, a limited edition print of The Great North Run finish line presented by Brendan Foster and a special pair of gold trainers by race sponsor, Puma, in recognition of being the landmark millionth finisher. She will now compete in the race that inspired the Great North Run creator Brendan Foster – in New Zealand to run in the Round the Bays race in Auckland in March next year.

Chief executive Alan Foster said: “We want to encourage staff to improve their general health and fitness and we’re asking them to pledge to take part in some physical exercise. It is about creating a fitter and healthier workforce.

“I would like to congratulate Tracey on becoming the one millionth finisher to complete the Great North Run and I would like to thank her for backing this campaign to encourage colleagues to lead an active and healthier lifestyle.
“We are totally committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff. Keeping fit doesn’t have to be about running a marathon; it can be something as simple as using the stairs instead of the lift, eating healthier food or stopping smoking.

“We know staff work incredibly hard, providing high quality care to patients. To do this staff need to look after themselves.

“Staff need to be as healthy as possible to do their job and their wellbeing has to be a priority. That’s why we’re supporting staff to lead a healthier lifestyle by making it easier to gain free access to health advice and support and get involved in initiatives at work.

“We want to invest in staff, keep them healthy and encourage them to pass on good advice to patients.”
Last year the trust was awarded the gold award for improving health and wellbeing in the workplace at the North East Better Health at Work Awards and more recently the trust picked up a continuing excellence award.

You can continue to make a donation to Tracey’s chosen charity, the Butterwick Hospice at https://www.justgiving.com/tracey-cramond3/ 

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