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Big thank you to Elswick Harriers 💖

Monday, 14 December 2020

"Elswick Harriers were delighted to present a cheque for £2200 to Pavilion Care Home located in Cowgate in support of our friend and former club President Colin Bolton who has dementia.

The Norman Woodcock relays were a huge success despite having to be done virtually this year. Following the event, we had a committee meeting, and the suggestion was made for the club to match the sponsorship raised – this suggestion was agreed and the club are delighted to equal the efforts made by the teams who participated.

Colin joined Elswick Harriers as a teenager in 1954. For the last 66 years, Colin has proudly worn his red Elswick vest, allowing his talent and dedication to athletics to shine through. Colin achieved international honours as a veteran when he was selected to represent England for the British & Irish Masters Cross country International.

A respected, highly knowledgeable coach, Colin selflessly has coached club athletes for over 30 years and not just Elswick runners. Colin has coached many a fine North East Athlete from other well-known North East Athletics Clubs.

In addition, he held the post of Club Treasurer for over 30 years, not to mention holding the title of Club President and honorary life member.

If there is modern day proponent of Elswick Harriers, it is unquestionably Mr. Colin Bolton.

In 2018 Colin was diagnosed with dementia, this was a huge blow to the family however in typical Colin Bolton style has approached it head on.  Colin’s family have always been supportive of Elswick Harriers and his son is a member.  Colin moved into Pavilion Court Care Home early in 2020 when he was no longer able to remain at home, this has been tough for everyone in the family, in particular Colin.  Elswick Harriers considered the best way to help Colin and support his family, and after careful consideration decided to raise money to develop the facilities at Pavilion Court to make his life there as enjoyable as possible. 

We are humbled by the kind donations and generosity seen through this event and are so grateful to you all for helping make this idea a reality. We thank those once again for their donations, kindness, and support for making our vision a reality.

Richard Houghton, Elswick Harriers"