Tim gets set for The Great North Run

A worker from Malvern Hills District Council is swapping rubbish for running to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Tim Lewis, Development and Support Officer in the Refuse and Recycling team, will be taking on The Great North Run on Sunday 11 September in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

The prestigious event takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne, where the 13.1 mile route takes runners across the city centre, lined by thousands of supporters, and into South Shields.

Tim is running for Parkinson’s UK as his mother was diagnosed with the condition in 2013 and he has seen first-hand the dramatic psychological and physical impact it has had on her.

Tim said: “I am really excited and nervous at the same time to be taking part in this famous race. I have been training since January around Worcester and Malvern so the feeling when crossing the line will be incredible after putting in so much effort.

“My wife is coming up to watch me and she will be heavily pregnant by the race, so it’s a great commitment. My mother also wants to come but does not feel capable which is a real shame but her inspiration will spur me on massively.

“Parkinson’s UK is fully dependent on donations and could not do the fantastic work they do without them, so I hope to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause”.

Cllr Phil Grove, leader of Malvern Hills District Council said: “The Great North Run is such an impressive race and we are really proud that Tim is taking part in this challenge, especially considering the reason behind his fund-raising. We wish him all the very best of luck.”

Every hour someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. The charity provides support and works to improve care, treatments and quality of life for people with the condition, they also lead, influence and fund research into the development of new and better treatments. Visit for more information.

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