A determined mum will push herself to the limit as she takes on a triathlon to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Make It Better campaign.
Lesley Ford, from Dore, is taking part in the Hathersage triathlon on Sunday as a thank you to doctors and nurses who treated her daughter, one-year-old Emma, when she contracted chicken pox, a potentially fatal illness for new born babies, at just two-weeks-old.
Lesley, aged 36, a mum-of-three said: “When you bring a healthy newborn home, as a family you are so happy and thankful.
“It quickly turned into a bit of a nightmare when she suddenly had to be rushed back into hospital.”
Emma was given antiviral drugs through a drip and monitored closely by the doctors and nurses for five days.
Lesley said: “It was a very hard time, but the hospital staff were absolutely amazing.”
When Emma turned one, Lesley decided to raise funds for the hospital by running the Sheffield half marathon last year, raising £2027.10, followed by another £1,000 when she ran the full Sheffield marathon in May.
Lesley said: “I decided that I simply had to do something to give back to the hospital that helped Emma in those first few weeks of her life.”
n Tomorrow marks the end of the Make It Better Campaign, but there is still time to get involved by visiting www.tchc.org.uk/makeitbetter