September 8th sees another team of runners don their trainers in aid of Sporting Memories. We caught up with runner, Steve Sharp, about his involvement with the charity.

What made you decide to run in aid of Sporting Memories?

I have seen Sporting Memories from the beginning to what it has become today. It is a privilege to help raise funds and spread awareness for this cause.

Sporting Memories is such a fantastic charity.  I have played competitive sport for over 40 years and have seen the benefits that sport brings to people’s well-being and mental health.  The ability to help fund further classes and meetings means a lot to me.

Having seen the benefits that the charity provides, I think the training and pain of the race will be worth it. 

To support Steve please text STEVE to 70085 to donate £5 or visit our Great North Run page. https://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/appeal/great-north-run

Have you ever personally known anyone suffering from dementia, depression or loneliness? 

I have personally witnessed the effects of depression and loneliness during my work with the police force,  I see and deal with people from all walks of life who suffer in the same way whether they have nothing in life or seem to have everything you could ask for.

Dementia has also played a big part in my personal life. A very close friend and work colleague was affected by the illness, he was hard working and a keen sportsman and seeing him deteriorate to the man he was before he passed away was heart-breaking. 

What are your thoughts about the charity and its work? 

The way the charity uses sporting memorabilia to help people remember and reminisce about their life is wonderful. Seeing it first-hand, I have seen how the participants reignite memories from  particular times in their past. 

What is your official Twitter handle? 

@smadgerman