NEWS READER Nina Hossain is to run for charity tomorrow.
Nina, who was raised in Huddersfield, is kick-starting the New Year in Edinburgh, as she tackles the Bupa Great Winter Run for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The 5km course takes in the beautiful surroundings of the capital’s Holyrood Park.
Top athletes from around the world will be taking part in the serious race, which will be televised on BBC1.
Alzheimer’s Society and its sister charity, Alzheimer Scotland, are Bupa’s chosen charities for the 2011 Bupa Great Run Series.
It is not the first such challenge for the TV presenter, who is a regular host of the popular Examiner Community Awards, held at the Galpharm Stadium.
She took part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in her home county in support of the dementia charity in 2009.
Her late father, psychiatrist Dr Tobarek Hossain, worked with elderly people.
She said: “Running for the Alzheimer’s Society in the Bupa Great Winter Run is the only way for me to start a new year.
“Regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of dementia.’’
Nina, who is the main presenter of ITV London's regional news programme London Tonight, also acts as a relief newscaster for ITV News. She splits her time between South London and the Midlands.
She lived in Taylor Hill as a child and her mother, Pam, still lives there.
Over 10,000 people have run for the two charities in the Bupa Great Runs Series since the beginning of the partnership, and by the end of 2011, the charities hoped to have raised in excess of £3.5 million.
Nina added: “Last year we raised over £1m to help to fund our national helpline, local support services for people with dementia and their carers, and research to try and find a cure.
“Raising £200 would help to run a session of Singing for the Brain, which enables people with dementia and their carers to sing their favourite songs together, even when the person with dementia has lost their ability to communicate verbally.
“Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland rely on voluntary donations to continue this vital work”.
ITN plucked Nina from BBC London to present its evening news bulletin and she started her television career on Border Television in Cumbria.
Her father Dr Hossain, was originally from Bangladesh, and died aged 67 on Boxing Day 2002.
He came to Huddersfield in the 1960s and in 1973 set up the Kirklees Alcohol Advisory Service in the town centre.
He was also the founder and president of Concern For Mental Health in West Yorkshire.
Dr Graham Stokes, director of dementia care at Bupa Care Services said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland for a third year.
“As the UK’s leading provider of dementia care, we’re committed to helping people with the disease to live well.
“We understand how important it is to work with Alzheimer’s Society to support people with dementia today and find a cure for tomorrow.
“Signing up to support the Alzheimer’s charities in a Bupa Great Run means you can get fit, help reduce your risk of dementia and raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”