Carers join in bid to raise funds for charity

L-R Calvin Pearson, Tracy Cook, Rachel Pearson, Brandon Pearson-holding T-shirt, Les Lilley, Elaine Bulloss, Sarah Cook, James Drake - T-shirt, Jenny Bulloss, Amanda Emson, April Drake, Rebecca Drake
L-R Calvin Pearson, Tracy Cook, Rachel Pearson, Brandon Pearson-holding T-shirt, Les Lilley, Elaine Bulloss, Sarah Cook, James Drake - T-shirt, Jenny Bulloss, Amanda Emson, April Drake, Rebecca Drake
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CARERS of a great-grandfather who died from motor neurone disease will be joining his family on the track for a Sheffield fun run to raise money for other people affected by the condition.

Elaine Bulloss’ father Alf Green died from MND in November last year.

She is now set to take on the 3km Sheffield Half Marathon Fun Run at Don Valley Stadium on Sunday to raise money for the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Joining the 53-year-old on the starting line will be her daughter Jenny, aged 18, and workers from Chesterfield-based Millennium Health Care.

They visited Alf to help with washing, dressing and feeding after the disease robbed him of the ability to be able to look after himself.

Elaine, a full-time nurse from Killamarsh, was her dad’s main carer,

She said: “I heard about the fun run from reading the MND Newsletter and I thought it would be a nice thing to do for myself and my daughter.

“Then five of my dad’s carers asked if they could get involved with their children too.

“I have been overwhelmed by their care and kindness not only in memory of my dad but to me too.”

She added that the event would be a fitting tribute to her dad – who fought a long, brave battle against the disease after his diagnosis in 2001.

She said: “When Dad lost his speech the carers knew he couldn’t answer them but he would give a wink, a smile, a frown or shake his head, so they became able to communicate as they spent more time with him and grew very fond of him. The 15 of us are all looking forward to the run. We know it’s going to be busy but I am absolutely delighted these people are running in memory of my dad and raising awareness for MND Association South Yorkshire.”

The MND Association is the only national charity which funds and promotes research into the disease, while the South Yorkshire branch provides support for those affected by the condition locally.

The event is also supporting other charities including: the Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust, British Heart Foundation for South Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, Myasthenia Gravis Association South Yorkshire, St Luke’s Hospice Sheffield, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.