Auckland Project's Great North Run Fundraisers: Running for a Brighter Future
Paintings in a room entitled _Eternal Devotion_, a double-height gallery in the Spanish Gallery at The Auckland Project. Credit House of Hues

The Auckland Project eagerly supports its dedicated staff members and fellow runners who are embarking on a courageous journey by participating in the AJ Bell Great North Run on Sunday, September 10th.

Their efforts aim to raise funds for our charitable organization.

Seven fundraisers will be running for The Auckland Project and the contributions raised go towards creating life-changing apprenticeship opportunities, activities to engage local young people and the community, and conservation of the historic site and its natural spaces. 

The Auckland Project’s runners will be amongst thousands of other participants completing the 13-mile race, the world’s biggest half marathon famous for its inclusive atmosphere and unbeatable-on-route entertainment and warm North-East welcome. A landmark occasion in the calendar, this year’s run marks the last ever professional race for the legendary Sir Mo Farah.  

Frances Snowden, Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer at The Auckland Project said: “We’re so grateful to everyone fundraising for The Auckland Project. Some of our runners have an active day-to-day role at The Auckland Project and others work and live elsewhere. 

“A half marathon is no easy task and they have chosen to spend their time in training for the Great North Run with The Auckland Project in mind, raising money to help create a bright future for Bishop Auckland. We can’t wait to cheer them on, and we’ll be tuning into the television coverage to try and spot them!” 

The Auckland Project, a regeneration charity with a difference, has developed a unique collection of cultural attractions in the historic town of Bishop Auckland in recent years. Among them are Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery, which is home to the greatest collection of Spanish Golden Age art outside London, the Mining Art Gallery, showcasing the art of the ‘pitmen painters’, and the soon to be opened Faith Museum. 

So far, The Auckland Project has invested £200 million in Bishop Auckland. The organisation has planted 1,500 native trees and hedgerow plants, created over 70 apprenticeships and opened internationally significant galleries and museums in the North-East region.   

To donate to The Auckland Project’s runners, please visit:  

The Auckland Project has an Annual Pass which provides unlimited entry to its attractions for 12 months, along with a changing programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year. 

The Auckland Project Annual Pass is £25 for adults, £37.50 for a family of one adult and up to four children, and £62.50 for a family of two adults and up to four children.   

To book tickets or to find out more about The Auckland Project, please visit   

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