Berwick geologist and potter Dr Ian Kille is taking part in the Great North Run on September 15 to raise money for Oxfam Nepal.
Ian spent five weeks out in Nepal travelling to the Kathmandu valley visiting potters in Thime and then trekking around Annapurna and Manslu.
He saw at first hand some of the issues that the country faces.
Nepal is a desperately poor country, slowly finding its way towards democracy but with a political system which is all too often chaotic and corrupt.
Great sustainable projects are happening though at a local level, making a big difference to the everyday lives of people.
Oxfam Nepal is focussed on such local projects, improving agriculture, managing water and improving education as well as influencing policy by using knowledge from these grass roots projects.
Ian said: “I had wanted to do something for the people of Nepal since I returned from my trip. Quite by chance a friend was retiring from making pots and offered me his kiln. He didn’t ask anything for it - only that I make a donation to Oxfam, a charity that Norman has been working with for many years.
“Having made a donation it dawned on me that I could actually do a bit better than this, with Oxfam doing superb sustainable projects in Nepal working directly with the village communities which are the backbone of the way rural Nepali society is run.
“So the motivation to run the Great North Run was born and I am hoping to raise £1000 to support the great work of Oxfam in Nepal.“
Ian started his training in June and has run over 200 training miles in between a busy schedule with his B&B, Northumbrian House and organising various geology projects.
His last long run before the race, from Lindisfarne Castle to Berwick on Sunday, is exactly the same 13.1 mile distance of the Great North Run.
If you would like to sponsor Ian please go his Just Giving web-site http://www.justgiving.com/ian-kille.