The Great North Run beckons for a novice runner who wants to support an organisation which is “close to her family’s heart”.
Kate Towse, of Langton Road, Norton, is aiming to raise £1,000 for CLAPA, The Cleft Lip and Palate Association, when she takes part in the half-marathon in September.
The mum-of-three was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate in 1979, the same year the charity was created, as was her three-year-old daughter, Pippa.
CLAPA has been on hand to support Kate and husband Steve ever since a 20-week scan confirmed that Pippa would have the same condition as her mum.
“They have been amazing,” said Kate. “After we had the 20-week scan, someone contacted us and came round to our house to let us know what we could expect. I am more aware of it than other people, but my husband wasn’t so they made sure we were more than prepared for what we were going to face, which is something my parents never had as the charity was still in its very early stages.”
After Pippa’s birth, a member of CLAPA came to see Kate and Steve, who also have five-year-old twins Freya and Charlie, to help explain the difficulties they may encounter with feeding and remain on hand should any further help is needed.
“They offer a huge amount of assistance to families everywhere,” added Kate, who warmed up for the Great North Run by taking part in the Kirkbymoorside 10k on Sunday, finishing in just under 55 minutes.
To sponsor Kate visit www.justgiving.com/KateTowse