Late uncle inspires daily run

Kathie and Mark Taylor
Kathie and Mark Taylor
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A Sheffield man who lost a battle with cancer is the inspiration for a woman who vowed to run every day for a year.

Mark Haydn Taylor, aged 48, from Handsworth, set himself a fundraising challenge in the final few months of his life and raised £10,000 before he died in 2010.

Since then friends and family have raised another £30,000 to boost his total.

His niece Abbie John, 27, has run every day of 2015 since New Year’s Day to raise money for Weston Park Hospital’s Cancer Charity, where Mark was treated.

Mark, a dad-of-two, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009.

His niece Abbie, mum-of-two, from Bedfordshire, runs at least one mile a day.

She said: “Uncle Mark was a fighter and more than anything I want to give something back to the incredible hospital that supported him and my family throughout his entire cancer fight.

“Running every day has certainly come with its challenges and at times my husband Rob has had to force me out of the door - but I am determined that, after getting this far, I will achieve the ultimate goal by completing my final run on New Year’s Eve 2015.”

Abbie has raised £615 so far.

She added: “I’ve come this far and I’m feeling fitter and more determined each day. Even this Christmas Day, I’ll be heading out for a run so that more people like my Uncle Mark can benefit from the excellent care provided by Weston Park Hospital.”

Sarah Cross, of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “Abbie has taken on such an unbelievably tough challenge for the cancer charity and we are very grateful for every step she takes which is ultimately raising more funds for those fighting cancer.

“It’s very inspiring that despite juggling other commitments in her life, Abbie has upheld her promise to run every day and is nearing the end of a complete year of fundraising to remember her late Uncle Mark.”

To sponsor Abbie visit www.justgiving.com/Abbie-John/