A fundraiser who has run half way around the world has been honoured for his efforts.
Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison, from Bedlington, is in the middle of an epic fundraising campaign running 21,000 miles around the world, through 24 countries.
The software developer is raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Children’s Foundation.
He has already run 9,000 miles across the UK, US, Australia and Europe, raising over £260,000 for his chosen charities.
Mark will be running the remaining 11,000 miles through Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan and New Zealand over the next six years.
Mark has been presented with a Point of Light award from Prime Minister Theresa May, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers.
He said: “I feel extremely privileged to be able to fundraise for The Children’s Foundation and The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation via Run Geordie Run. To have my 20,000-mile run around the world, in aid of those two charities, recognised by the Prime Minister with the Points of Light award is a real honour.”
In a personal letter to Mark, Mrs May said: “Your impressive commitment to running around the world to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Children’s Foundation is a wonderful tribute to the lives of your parents and brother.
“The money you have raised will play an important part in helping these charities undertake their vital work.”
“I wish you all the very best as you undertake the next leg of your journey.”
Mark is the 628th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA.
Lady Elsie Robson, on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, said: “We’re all extremely proud of Mark. He’s an incredibly committed fundraiser who simply doesn’t give up.
“I don’t know where he finds the energy to run so far and I know he sacrifices a lot personally when he undertakes these charity challenges.
“Mark puts his heart and soul into everything he does and is thoroughly deserving of this wonderful recognition for his efforts.”
Nicola Crawford, director of operations at The Children’s Foundation, said: “The Children’s Foundation are delighted that Mark has been chosen to receive this recognition for his fundraising efforts.
“Mark works very hard to raise vital funds that support those children and young people in the North East who are facing distress, disadvantage and disability.
“Mark is extremely committed and passionate and very much deserves the Points of Light award.”