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Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies to take part in Great North Run

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TV dragon Sara Davies is all fired up at the prospect of taking part in the Great North Run which will see her raise vital funds for the NHS.

The entrepreneur and local favourite, who is one of the investors on BBC1’s Dragons’ Den, is to take part in this September’s half-marathon. And it will see her put in the money – and effort – to help boost the coffers of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

The award-winning founder of Crafter’s Companion is from County Durham herself and the organisation is one close to her heart. As she prepares to join around 60,000 other participants on September 10 at the Newcastle start line of the Great North Run – which will take her on a 13.1-mile route to the South Shields finish – she said she believes deeply in the work of the charity, adding “so I’m really looking forward to taking part in a northern institution like the Great North Run”.

The charity, now in its 75th year, raises funds for projects that will enhance patient care and experiences across hospital and community services in the local area and Sara added: “Though I really enjoy running in my spare time, this isn’t just a personal challenge for me – it’s also a great way to raise awareness of the crucial services they provide and to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of their staff for our community.”

Sara has a fund-raising page for anyone wanting to support her, which explains that the money she raises will go towards transforming an outdoor space where patients recovering from critical illness, after weeks or months of being in hospital, can undergo rehabilitation. She writes: “We have all had to use our wonderful NHS service at some point in our lives and our local trusts have such a positive impact on so many families in the community. I hope I can do everyone proud!”

The charity itself is “thrilled” that she is taking part in the run to help its work. Charity development manager Pat Chambers said: “Her involvement will shine a much-needed spotlight on our charity, and hopefully inspire others to join her in supporting our mission.”

Well-wishers wanting to supporting the good cause can contribute through Sara’s fund-raising page here. Entries to the Great North Run are now closed but anyone wanting more information about the world-famous event can visit its website.