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Footballers Support Airport GNR Runners…on The Runway!

Air miles were swapped for running miles on Friday at Newcastle International Airport as staff members prepare for this year’s Great North Run.

The group were joined on the runway by Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett and former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball, as they attempt to raise funds for the Newcastle United Foundation and The Foundation of Light.

In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership with both football foundations becoming the airports adopted charity for 2015 and 2016.

Both charities work with children, young people and families across the North East using the power of football to educate, encourage and inform in a variety of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

Eric Wrightson, Car Parks Manager at Newcastle International Airport and preparing for his third Great North Run, said: “It’s important that staff working at the airport can participate in events such as these on behalf of our charities.

“Training has been challenging but it’s very encouraging when colleagues, business partners and passengers at the airport can support us in our efforts for such a great social occasion.”

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett added: “The Great North Run attracts thousands of participants every year all running for great causes.

“It’s fantastic to be able to come and help support those running from Newcastle International Airport in aid of both of the clubs charities.”

Former Sunderland captain and club ambassador Kevin Ball was full of praise for both charities and was airfield to give his support.

Ball said: “I admire anyone running the Great North Run and it’s such an important event for the North East.

“The Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation do a tremendous amount of work for under-privileged children in our region and its vital that we continue to support both clubs fundraising efforts.”

To support the team ahead of the Great North Run 2015 and make a donation visit the fundraising page at:

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