A DARLINGTON hospice is urging runners to help with its fundraising.

St Teresa's Hospice is hoping people taking part in the Great North Run on October 6 will collect sponsorship for its coffers at the event.

Last year, 13 runners raised a total of £4,700 for the Woodland Road hospice.

Hospice director Jane Bradshaw said: "The half-marathon represents a huge challenge for the runners and attracts people from all walks of life.

"We are obviously delighted with the huge amount raised by our supporters at last year's event and want to encourage others to follow their example in the 2002 BUPA Great North Run. It is an excellent way of fulfilling a personal ambition while raising funds for the hospice."

Anybody interested can telephone the fundraising office on (01325) 254321.