Nico’s run brings in over £1k for charity

Nico Meertens presenting a cheque to Phil Ogg along with Joe Sanders'(right) and Chris Marshall (left).

Nico Meertens presenting a cheque to Phil Ogg along with Joe Sanders'(right) and Chris Marshall (left).

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Nico Meertens, from Beadnell, ran the Bupa Great North Run earlier this year to raise funds for Natural Ability, completing the half-marathon in three hours and 20 minutes.

Natural Ability was established in 2009 to provide agricultural opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

It was developed by a group of like-minded people, some of whom are parents of people with learning disabilities. Based in the Allen Valley in the west of the county, it was set up to take advantage of the local farming traditions and community spirit.

For more information, visit www.naturalability.org

Nico raised a total of £1,397.07, and he is seen here presenting the cheque to Phil Ogg, activities supervisor. on behalf of Natural Ability at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle, during one of their activity days.