Sheffield mum to run half marathon

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FORDS are renowned to be good little runners.

And Lesley Ford is no exception.

Last year the city mum raised more than £2,000 running for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

And now she’s lacing up her trainers once again in support of the hospital which provided her daughter with excellent care.

Lesley, aged 36, from Dore, is to run Sheffield Half Marathon in May to thank doctors and nurses at the hospital.

They treated Emma when she contracted chicken pox, a potentially fatal illness for newborn babies, at just two-weeks-old.

Lesley said: “When you bring a healthy newborn home, as a family you are so happy and thankful.

“But it quickly turned into a bit of a nightmare when she suddenly had to be rushed back into hospital.

“My younger son had chicken pox when Emma was born and she caught it. Newborns are often immune to the virus so it was a real shock.”

Emma, now one, was given antiviral drugs through a drip and monitored closely by the doctors and nurses on the wards for five days.

Lesley said: “It was a very hard time for me to be away from my other two young children, especially when they were feeling poorly too and so shortly after giving birth, but the hospital staff were absolutely amazing.

“It was frightening because we were told Emma could run the risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia or swelling on the brain, but thankfully the doctors caught it in time.”

When Emma turned one, Lesley took up running – which she had not done since having her children – to raise funds for the hospital.

She ran the Sheffield Half Marathon last year and won the fifth place trophy in the event’s individual fundraiser category, after raising £2,027 for the charity.

n Visit www.tchc.org.uk/run to join The Children’s Hospital Charity’s running team.