Marathon nurse’s generous sister act

Fundraising London Marathon runner Lisa Taylor (right) is pictured with her sister Samantha Taylor, aged 35. The money raised from Lisa's marathon run will go to Enable Sheffield.
Fundraising London Marathon runner Lisa Taylor (right) is pictured with her sister Samantha Taylor, aged 35. The money raised from Lisa's marathon run will go to Enable Sheffield.
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WHILE most members of the caring profession prefer to leave their work at the door, nurse Lisa Taylor keeps on giving long after her shift has finished.

Juggling a full-time job on the day surgery unit at Sheffield’s Northern General with providing respite care for her older sister Samantha means me-time is an unfamiliar concept to the 30-year-old.

Her most recent mission to raise money and awareness for Sheffield charity Enable, which helps Samantha, who has Down’s Syndrome, saw her take on her biggest challenge yet.

Lisa, of Parson Cross, Sheffield signed up for this year’s London Marathon.

Lisa said: “Sam and I are really close, she comes and stays with me a lot and we do a lot together. She comes to me to give my mum and dad a break.

“She started going to Enable seven or eight years ago and attends three times a week. They do everything - cookery, art, gardening, you name it.

“We are so grateful because when she left college there was nothing out there for her to further her education.

“The service started through a Lottery grant and they have struggled in the past, so I wanted to help.

“I’ve been running for about two years but I’d never done that distance.

“I trained at weekends, whenever I could. I went on holiday to Tenerife in February and I was doing warm weather runs. My partner had to tell me to slow down.”

Since crossing the finish line in four hours and 23 minutes, donations have continued to flood in and so far she has raised more than £2,600.

It will go to Enable’s social fund so service users can decide how it is spent.

Their mum Catherine Taylor, of Fox Hill, said: “We really don’t know what we’d do without Lisa. She looks after Sam to let us have time together.

“She works as a nurse and all her spare time is given up to help other people.”