A STAFF member from Warrington Hospital completed the English Half Marathon against all odds in memory of his sister.
Mike Bailey, Senior Transformation Delivery Manager, had been advised to hang up his running shoes following injuries and surgery but marked the 10th anniversary of the devasting loss of his sister Lisa to cancer by raising money for the “Making Waves Appeal”.
He said: “I am so grateful for everyone’s support and raising money for this brilliant cause will be a fitting tribute to Lisa, whilst providing much needed funds for the project.
“Any parent who has had a child spend time on a children’s ward will know how important it is for children to have a positive experience whilst in hospital. This project aims to provide accessibility to all paediatric patients offering a bright, colourful and interactive experience.
“I have completed a few distance races over the years but this was most likely my last half marathon, injuries and surgeries have taken their toll!
“However, the temptation to do one last race for Lisa’s anniversary, and the desire to help the project was too great, I decided to give it one last go and knew if I had to walk parts of the course in order to finish, that’s what I would do.”
Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Children’s Making Waves campaign is seeking to raise £100,000 to fund a new outdoor play area for the children’s ward at Warrington hospital.
Helen Higginson, Charity Fundraising Manager at WHH Charity said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed with the tremendous effort Mike has made to support our on-going children’s ward appeal.”
To find out more about the ‘Making Waves Appeal’ and to read Mike’s story, visit www.whhcharity.org.uk