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Kathryn runs for Bright in Canada

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Kathryn runs for Bright in Canada

A former Whitley Bay woman is preparing to run a half marathon in Canada to raise money to help people recovering from a stroke.

Kathryn Dixon is running the event in Vancouver on Sunday, May 4 for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright Charity which raises funds to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS.

The money will go towards Living with Stroke, a series of events held in North Tyneside, Morpeth and Hexham supported by Bright, where people who have had a stroke and their carers get together to share experiences, ways of coping and learn about services that can help them in their area.

The next event takes place at Waves Leisure Centre in Whitley Bay on Friday 23 May.

Kathryn’s mother is Heather Carr who is a public governor for Whitley Bay at Northumbria Healthcare and supported the stroke events when she worked for the trust.

Kathryn, 42, said: “Never did I think that catching the running bug would take me quite so far but I am very excited at the opportunity to run in such a beautiful city.

“Once more I will be raising some money for Bright Northumbria which works to ensure that patients have the best experience possible in hospitals and community services in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“The Living with Stroke events make such a difference to people who are recovering from a stroke by opening up a world of support.”

To date Kathryn, who now lives in London, has raised £700 for Bright on two previous runs and she is up to £300 with her sponsorship for Vancouver. To sponsor her, visit

Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are so pleased that Kathryn has decided to raise money for our charity and will be proudly wearing the Bright running vest across the Atlantic. We wish her all the best.

“Bright supports a range of initiatives in our hospitals and in the community and individuals’ fundraising efforts help us continue this important work.”

To find out more or attend the Living with Stroke events, contact Pam Groom on 0191 2934326 or email

For more information about Bright, contact 0191 203 1661 or email

Bright has secured places for individuals or a relay team of three in the first Newcastle Triathlon on Saturday, July 19. Participants pay a £50 registration fee and must commit to raising a minimum of £150 for the charity.