Sheffield teen to run for health centre which saved her life

Lara Ferguson, from Tapton School, is training to run Sheffield's new half marathon
Lara Ferguson, from Tapton School, is training to run Sheffield's new half marathon
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A teenager from Sheffield who has battled mental illness is to run a half marathon to raise money for the health workers who saved her life.

Lara Ferguson, aged 17, of Crosspool, will run Sheffield’s new half marathon on Sunday, April 12, in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Lara Ferguson, from Tapton School, is training to run Sheffield's new half marathon

Lara Ferguson, from Tapton School, is training to run Sheffield's new half marathon

The Tapton School pupil is fundraising to thank staff at Beighton’s Becton Centre, run by Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and treats under 18s with mental health issues and learning difficulties.

Lara was sectioned there after attempting to take her own life by stopping eating.

She said: “In May 2014 I was admitted to Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital suffering from various mental illnesses.

“I couldn’t see a purpose for carrying on and life seemed like an endless battle that I could never win.

“After years of battling depression along, I attempted to take my own life. It seemed like the only way. I stopped eating completely. My body was so weak and my parents once again feared for my life.

“I was eventually sectioned under the Mental Health Act and moved to the Becton Centre, where I was fed through a tube.

“When I was in the grip of my illness, I despised the nurses and support workers, but looking back I owe them my life.

“Without the support the Becton Centre gave me I wouldn’t be here today.”

n Visit www.justgiving.com/Lara-Fergie or text LARS79 £3 to 70070.