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TPE conductor manager takes on Great North Run to raise money for mental health charity

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A TransPennine Express (TPE) conductor manager is running the world’s largest half-marathon in celebration of a former colleague and her father – and to raise money for a mental health charity. 

Lucy Kilby, from Manchester, is running the Great North Run, a 13.1-mile route from Newcastle to South Shields for much-loved TPE colleague Dominic Johns.  

Dominic, known as Dom, was a driver manager based at Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street, and sadly died in March 2023. 

She is also running to celebrate her late dad, Michael – and aims to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club.  

The men’s suicide prevention charity offers free-to-attend peer-to-peer support groups across the United Kingdom and online.  

It aims to end the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and help men through the power of conversation. 

Lucy said: “I wanted to do the run to celebrate two great guys and raise some money for a charity that is close to my heart.  

“Both had the most infectious smiles and never knew the impact they had on everyone they met.”  

TPE is a supporter of Andy’s Man Club – with the train operator unveiling a specially wrapped train dedicated to the charity last year. The Class 185 train is visible throughout the north, encouraging people to seek help when they need it. 

Lucy added: “We need to remove stigma around mental health and Andy’s Man Club do this so well, their work really resonates with me and is something I talk about a lot with my colleagues.”  

“I am honoured to be running for Andy’s Man Club – it’s the perfect charity for me to support.” 

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 8 September. Lucy’s fundraising page can be found here 

Image credit: Transpennine Express

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