On Sunday, July 2nd 29-year-old Daniel Darling from Sunderland will be participating in the AJ Bell Great North 10K to honour the memory of his late daughter, Evie.

In October last year, Evie, Daniel’s seven-week-old daughter, passed away suddenly. The grieving process was gruelling, but the Darlings found solace through the support provided by 4Louis, a charity organization that offered them a memory box. This special keepsake allowed the family to have hand and foot prints of Evie, along with a teddy bear for them and one for Evie.

“Receiving this memory box during our time of blind panic and heartache made a significant difference,” said Darling. “We hadn’t thought to create these lasting reminders of Evie. It was this gesture that inspired me to run the Great North Run and the Great North 10K to raise money for 4Louis.”

Seeing the Great North 10K advertised, Darling knew it was the right motivation and the perfect preparation for his Great North Run. Challenge, “Running has been my therapy, helping me channel my grief into something productive, I just want to do this for Evie.”

Daniel will line up alongside thousands of participants assembling on the iconic Great North Run Central Motorway start line as they take on a new and improved 10K course. Runners will cross the Tyne Bridge, loop back into the city center, pass by well-known landmarks such as Grey’s Monument and the Civic Centre, and finally cross the finish line on the Town Moor.

There is still time to join Daniel Darling and hundreds of others at the AJ Bell Great North 10K on Sunday, July 2nd. For more information or to register click here.