Sunday, 11 January 2009

Jack's the lad to lead the way.

My son Jack (pictured in David Fairlamb's gym) was the first lucky recipient of a Run Geordie Run T-Shirt back in December. Since then, sales have gone really well and a second batch has already been ordered.

Custom Planet in North Shields have done a sterling job with the production of the t-shirts and I've had some really good feedback from the good folk who've bought them. Thanks to Peter McCowie, all proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will go to St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation.

T-shirts are priced at £10 and feature the Run Geordie Run logo on the front and back. The front also has the 2 charity's logos. On the back the message "I'm supporting the 3100 mile run across the USA in 100 days 2011" is shown along with the address. The sleeves have 2 logos. The first is Custom Planet, producers of the t-shirts. The second is the David Fairlamb Fitness logo. What's more, the t-shirts are screen printed so they'll last for ages! I've ran over 100 miles and have had a few gym sessions in the t-shirts I have and they are as good as new after each wash. Needless to say, it's not me that washes them!

The t-shirts are available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Extra Extra Large. If you would to contribute to 2 very worthy causes with the purchase of a t-shirt then please get in touch at All payments are made securely at where the charities receive the money directly.

The following is a reminder as to how important the services that St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation provide to people in the North East.

St Benedict's Hospice have recently launched an appeal for £400,000 to extend their "Hospice at Home Service". At present the service is from 9pm – 8am when the palliative care team are on call and can visit patients at home. It will be changed to 5pm – 8am avoiding an influx of calls at 9pm and will spread the visits over a longer time. This means that the patient has a choice of where they want to be cared for - in the hospice or at home and it means that they are covered 24 hours per day. Personally speaking, this service would have been of great use to me and my Mam during the days when I cared for her at home. You can read more about the aims of the Hospice at Home Service by clicking here or by visiting

The Children's Foundation "provides leadership and raises funds to enable research, support service delivery and create partnership programmes, designed to improve the health and well being of children and young people in the North East.". You can read all about their achievements here or by visiting

So, if you would like to make a real contribution and get a very good quality t-shirt in return then please click this link