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South Tyneside runner raises over £1,000 for a great cause

A runner from East Boldon raised £1,200 for Motor Neurone Disease Association by taking part in Sunday's Great North Run.

Matthew Platten successfully completed the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields in one hour and 59 minutes, raising £1,200 for Motor Neurone Disease Association - including £400 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

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

He said: "I chose Motor Neurone Disease in memory of my dad, who passed away from the disease in December 2009.

"I am delighted to have raised £1,200 in total, and would like to thank everyone who sponsored me and Leeds Building Society for providing matched funding."


Notes to Editors

<strong>Matthew Platten</strong> is pictured on the right.

Matthew Platten is pictured on the right.

Any further donations for Matthew can be made via

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.