Team Sally gearing up for 2019 fundraising challenge

Local runner and Alice House supporter Phil Holbrook, along with Team Sally have started their fundraising campaign for this year’s Great North Run already, beginning with a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Café 177 on York Road in Hartlepool.

Phil and his Team run each year in memory of his late wife Sally, who died in a road accident in 2012 which also left Phil battling life threatening injuries.

When he was able to, Phil returned to running under the banner of Team Sally, along with a group of his friends who wanted to support him and his fundraising. Team Sally has raised over £25,000 for local Hospice care, averaging in excess of £5,000 for each Great North Run, since 2014.

Phil and friends have organised a number of events in the past to boost their sponsorship and this year sees the first “Shindig and Shenanigans” night from 5-10pm on 17 March with live music from Skyran, raffles and other fun fundraising ideas. Tickets priced at £5 are available from Cafe One77 in York Road, Hartlepool.

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at Alice House said “Phil and the team have achieved so much in Sally’s memory and touched so many lives with the money that they have raised. Whilst what they do is serious business, they also know how to have a good time along the way and I’m sure the St. Patrick’s Day event will be another great night.”

Future events, organised by Team Sally include the annual Summer SallyRun on June 23rd, as well as a music night in August, featuring popular local duo, Pek and Wanley.

Phil will be announcing more details of these, as well as other fundraising events for both 2019 and 2020, as 2020 will see him reach his 60th birthday and take on his 30th Great North Run.

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