Sheffield daughters take on fitness challenge to support dad
When Greg Thomas fell ill at the end of 2020, his three daughters Chloe, Kayleigh and Natalie decided to raise money for the neurology team who have treated him for 14 years.
Greg had a meningioma brain tumour successfully treated with surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in September 2007. Following this he had a course of radiotherapy.
He has had frequent migraines and epilepsy since then with a few stays in hospital and was taken to hospital just before Christmas with a severe episode which was diagnosed as migralepsy.
Greg’s daughters, all from Sheffield decided that they would channel their worry and helplessness into something positive. During January, they covered 100km each, running, walking and cycling.
They nicknamed it their ‘try-athlon’ but ended up smashing it.The trio have already raised £1,285 for Neurocare, to support the neurology department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, money that will make a huge difference to patients and staff.
Chloe Thomas, aged 26, said: “When dad fell ill we were all so worried and as we couldn’t see him or help our mum out because of social distancing, we decided we needed something positive to do.
“Me and my sisters want to give something back because we know that the treatment that our dad has had is just incredible and we are so grateful.
“Thankfully our dad has recovered from his recent illness and is so proud of us for taking on this our challenge!
“We knew it would be really difficult to each get to 100km but we are so pleased that we did – one way or another!"
She added: “The work that Neurocare and Sheffield Hospitals Charity do to support the hospitals and provide treatment and equipment is amazing and so we are so happy to be able to support them.”
The sisters are raising money through JustGiving. To support them, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamthomii
Ben Green, PR and communications manager at Neurocare, said: “The money that the girls have raised will make a real difference to so many patients and staff members in the neurology department.”
To learn more about the charity, go to www.neurocare.org.uk
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