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A real winner

What a fantastic ending to a fantastic year of fundraising by Leanne and the half marathon running team last night, when they were presented as winners in the Cornerstone of the Community Awards.

A few weeks back, we were asked by Barry Ridley from the Newcastle Building Society for any nominations for the awards.  Straight away we thought of Leanne. 

The awards were set up by the Newcastle Building Society to recognise local people or groups who have made a significant contribution to others in our region and with the huge amount of money raised by Leanne and the team for Eden Valley Hospice, they were shortlisted for a ceremony held in the Crown and Mitre Hotel in Carlisle last night.

There were four main awards on the evening and we waited nervously as the three finalists for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Team Award were announced.  Liz Luff from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (pictured with the team right) opened the gold envelope and announced Leanne and the team as very worthy winners and they went up on stage to receive their award.  Leanne made a very touching speech talking about why they started the fundraising and the amount they have raised so far.

Ten half marathons in ten months and just short of £10,000….Leanne you are an inspiration to us all and you certainly deserve your star award.

David Allen

Posted: November 8th, 2013

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