Cambridgeshire doctor completes Great North Run for wishes

PUBLISHED: 17:54 18 September 2012

Gary Stiefel with his medal

Gary Stiefel with his medal


A DOCTOR from Whittlesford completed the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday for Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

Gary Stiefel, who completed the 13.1 mile run in 1hr 47mins, has raised over £15,000 for Make-A-Wish - the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions - after running the GNR for them six times.

“I first heard about Make-A-Wish when I worked in Oncology and decided it was a great cause to raise money for – and it helps to keep me fit,” said Gary.

Karen England, director of fundraising at Make-A-Wish, said: “We are extremely grateful to Gary for running the Great North Run on behalf of Make-A-Wish. We have just granted our 8,000th wish – a milestone we wouldn’t have been able to reach without the help of dedicated supporters like Gary.”

To support Gary visit his JustGiving page at

There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and this year alone 1,400 children will turn to Make-A-Wish to have their wish granted. The charity needs to raise £6.8 million in 2012 and receives no government funding or lottery grants – so every donation really does count.

For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit or call 01276 405060.

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