Sean Watson has stepped up to the plate to run this year's 2019 Great North Run on behalf of Meadow Well Connected in place of our Chief Officer, Mandi, who injured her ankle during training and is now suffering from Achilles Tendinitis. 
Please support Sean as he takes on the Great North Run for the first time on 8th September 2019 raising vital funds to help us achieve our £25,000 target in our 25th Anniversary year.

'Inequality and limited access to services divides communities. I work in Islington in London as a teacher, where wealth and income disparity is one of the highest in the country. This is an issue across the UK, and it is worth remembering that the north of England has in many areas been hit hardest by the effect of austerity. In the community Meadow Well Connected serve 41.7% of children are classified as living in poverty; many adults of working age are in insecure, low-paid, entry-level work, often with zero hour contracts or are juggling more than one job in order to get by - 55% of those living in poverty are working. The local food bank has experienced increased demand, rising by 26.6% from 2017 to 2018 compared to the previous year when the increase was only 6%. These figures are comparable to those experienced where I live and work in Islington.

Meadow Well Connected do inspirational work in their community by providing a community space, services and training. Until a several months ago I had never run more than 10k (once), so this will be a real challenge, but I hope to complete the half marathon is less than 2 hours. Please help to ensure Meadow Well Connected can continue their incredible work by donating what you can.'

Sean completed the Great North Run in 2 hours 5 minutes which is a fantastic achievement - still time to donate to thank him for all his efforts.

Sean Watson