Meet the runners uniting in the fight against cancer
Team Weston Park will be racing through the streets of Sheffield as the Half Marathon descends on the Steel City on Sunday 8th April.
At its core, Weston Park Cancer Charity exists to create a better life for people living with and beyond cancer; and each year it relies on the generosity of supporters to raise vital funds for cancer patients locally.
Through events, such as the Sheffield Half Marathon, Team Weston Park, the charity’s group of active challenge fundraisers, help raise over £2million every year, so that people in our region have access to the very best cancer care services.
Five, Team Weston Park runners share their story…
“I am proud to be part of an amazing team.”
Senior Sister at Weston Park Hospital, Amanda Traynor, is lacing up her trainers once again to support the services Weston Park Cancer Charity funds. Having lost, both her mother and husband to cancer, she is aware of the challenges patients face following a cancer diagnosis and is doing everything she can to improve the lives of those living with and beyond cancer. Support Amanda > www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-traynor2
I’m running 7 half marathons in 7 straight days!”
During the first week in April, Neil Esposito, is running a half marathon distance, every day for 7 consecutive days, culminating in the Sheffield Half Marathon. That’s nearly 150km in one week! Having never previously run a marathon before; Team Weston Park’s cheer squad will be lining the route to help him cross the finish line. Speaking of the challenge he said; “If you live or have lived in or around Sheffield there is a reasonable chance you’ll have known somebody who has passed through the doors of Weston Park.”
Support Neil > www.justgiving.com/fundraising/esposito
“I hope that one day there is a cure, but until that day comes we all have a duty to do what we can.”
Rohan Wilson, is taking on the Sheffield Half Marathon in preparation for the London Marathon, in memory of Peter Moorhouse. He has generously supported Weston Park for many years after they helped friends of his through tough times – whether they were battling cancer or involved in the life of someone who is.
Support Rohan > www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rohan-wilson1
“We are a mix of ages and abilities, but we all enjoy running, and are determined to finish this demanding race.”
A group of running enthusiasts from Orchid Orthopaedic Solutions Sheffield are striving for success at the Sheffield Half Marathon. Orchid’s stated core purpose is to “provide opportunity for people to lead a better life” and while their company seeks to achieve that by manufacturing orthopaedic implants and instruments they feel that supporting the great work Weston Park Cancer Charity does dovetails nicely with that aim. They’ll be stepping up to the start line for the team challenge which is a fantastic opportunity to rally workmates together, boost team morale whilst having fun together.
Support Orchid Orthopaedic Solutions > www.justgiving.com/fundraising/orchid-sheffield
“I am running my first full Marathon and 4 half’s for Weston Park Cancer Charity because they really do keep families together longer”
Andy Telford, is lacing up his trainers as a thank you for the care his brother in law received at Weston Park Hospital. Speaking of his experience he said: “They (Weston Park) really do keep families together for longer and that’s exactly what they did for my sister and her kids. They kept a wonderful man around to make more fantastic memories while they had time.”
Support Andy > https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andy-telford5
Speaking about the race, Gemma Noon, Community Fundraising Manager, commented: “As a charity we have been overwhelmed by the number of runners who have joined Team Weston Park to support cancer patients locally. Thanks to their dedication and generosity we can continue to give people in our region access to the very best cancer care services.”
“We wish all the runners, especially Team Weston Park, the best of luck for the Sheffield Half Marathon. After months of preparation, we hope they relax and enjoy the day.”
If you have been inspired by any of these stories visit our events page to find an active challenge and help support your local cancer hospital today.