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February 21, 2012

James Gray enters Bupa Great North Run 2012 to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice

Bupa Great North Run 2012

This September, Vienna-based translator and writer James Gray will be taking part in the Bupa Great North Run 2012, the world’s biggest half-marathon, to raise much needed funds for Wakefield Hospice in West Yorkshire, UK.

The inaugural Great North Run was held in 1981, when less than 5,000 runners were expected to take part. Organisers were astounded when over 12,500 applied and over 10,000 of them completed the very first race. The Bupa Great North Run is now the blue ribbon event in the Great Run series, starting in Newcastle on Tyne and ending 13.1 miles later in South Shields. Some 54,000 runners are expected to take part in the iconic event on September 16, 2012.

James Gray will be using his entry to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice, a purpose-built specialist palliative care unit that opened in April 1990. James, who was born in West Yorkshire, has a very personal connection with the hospice, which provided care for his father in his final days.

The hospice delivers in-patient pain and symptom management, emotional support, crisis respite care and terminal care at the end of life. The hospice’s Day Therapy Unit offers informal drop-in services including supportive therapies for adults and their carers whose lives are touched by cancer or a life threatening illness.

Wakefield Hospice offers all of its services free of charge to patients and their families, but to continue offering these services it has to raise £7,220 per day. One hour of nursing care costs £20, an in-patient bed costs £428 per day and it costs £1,422 per day to keep the Day Therapy Unit running.

If you wish to support James Gray and Wakefield Hospice, you can make a donation quickly and easily by visiting

Further information

For more information about Wakefield Hospice visit

For more information about the Bupa Great North Run visit

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