Great North Run challenge raises more than £12,000 in celebration of James

A group of friends have raised more than £12,000 by completing the Great North Run and celebrating the life of a Wensleydale teenager.

The group took on the challenge yesterday in memory of James Ashcroft, a Carperby teenager who took his own life in 2019.

Among those completing the run was James’ mum Debbie and twin sister Sophie.

Debbie said: “James was only 17 and had all his life ahead of him.

“Out of our grief we have come together to raise money to help others who may be feeling like James so that they can get help and be able to continue their lives and feel better.”

Debbie said James did the Great North Run in 2018.

“After mile ten he said he remembered why he didn’t like running!”

The friends had hoped to raise £7,000 but the appeal now stands at more than £12,800.

All money raised will go to the mental health charity Mind.

You can still donate to the appeal by clicking here.