A CRAFTING company has smashed its fundraising target after novice runners from the company ran the Great North Run.

Apart from one team member, who has already participated in two half marathons this year, it is the first time the group has trained for a running event.

The team ran in aid of Rainbow Trust which supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

They had a target of raising £3,000 but managed to raise more than £5,000.

Sunny Pahal, Head of soft crafts at Crafter’s Companion and organiser of the company’s Great North Run challenge, said: “I’m so proud that we’ve managed to complete the Great North Run, even more so because we had unexpected heat on the day, which I know proved to be difficult for everyone participating.

“I want to say an extra big thank you to everyone at Crafter’s Companion. Everyone has been so supportive in helping us to meet and exceed our target. It is absolutely fantastic that we can say we were able to help such a worthwhile charity to support families in need.”

Oonagh Goodman, director of fundraising and marketing at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to Sunny and her Crafter’s Companion colleagues and to everyone for taking part in the Great North Run for Rainbow Trust. Our Family Support Workers support the whole family with whatever they need so that families don’t have to manage alone."