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South Tyneside runner raising funds for Motor Neurone disease

A runner from East Boldon is taking part in this Sunday's Great North Run to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Matthew Platten, who is originally from Durham, works in the Mortgage Lending team at Leeds Building Society's Silverlink office.

Matthew said: "I'm raising funds for research for Motor Neurone Disease in memory of my dad, who passed away from the disease in December 2009.

"I'm hoping to raise at least £1,000 for the charity, and my current fundraising total is approximately £600."

The Great North Run, the world's leading half marathon, was first staged in 1981 when just over 12,000 people took part on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields. In 2014 entries totalled 57,000 people.

Last year the event made history as it became the first International Association of Athletics Federations event in the world to welcome its millionth finisher.

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Notes to Editors

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 13th September.

Matthew can be sponsored via www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Platten

Leeds Building Society's Silverlink office is at Kingfisher House, Kingfisher Way on Silverlink Business Park.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.7bn (as at 30th June 2015). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.