A UTTOXETER family will pull on their running shoes for a charity cause close to their heart.
Keith Bowden, 53, Jack Bowden, 22, and Sarah Bowden, 20, of Church Hill Close, will be competing this weekend in The Great North Run in memory of their grandmother Sheila, who sadly passed away last year after a kidney transplant.
The team will be raising vital funds in aid of Kidney Research UK.
This is the first time they have run together as a family.
The story of Sheila’s struggle has an American connection too, as friends of the family Terry and Barbara, who are from America, both offered to donate their kidney to Sheila.
In the end, it was Terry who made the selfless sacrifice in order to try and prolong Sheila’s life.
Both Americans are back over here in the UK this week, staying with Sheila’s husband Trevor.
The family have lived in Uttoxeter for 14 years; and now Jack studies at Northumbria University and Sarah studies at Manchester University.
Mr Bowden said: “This is one British-American relationship that will get stronger each year.
“Despite the current news reports that Britain aren’t close with America in light of the Syrian conflict, this couldn’t be further from the truth for our family.
“We are still looking for sponsorship so please give a pound or a dollar to Sarah’s link at http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/gnorthrun and mention the newspaper in comments.
“Give a little, smile a lot.
“God bless America and God save the Queen!”
The Great North Run is the second largest half marathon in the world, boasting 55,000 runners annually.
An iconic event for the North-East, the 13.1 mile run, will begin in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on September 15 and take in the landmark Tyne Bridge, head through Gateshead passing the famous international athletics stadium and finish in the coastal town of South Shields.