Grieving widow set for marathon effort

Cheryl, Ethan and Dan Boulding - Dan died of cancer aged 33
Cheryl, Ethan and Dan Boulding - Dan died of cancer aged 33
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WHEN Cheryl Boulding sets off on the Sheffield Half Marathon she knows every step she takes will be keeping alive the memory of husband Dan.

Car salesman Dan, of Millhouse Green, near Sheffield, was aged just 33 when he died following a short battle with stomach cancer last autumn.

Throughout the last few weeks of his life, he and Cheryl, as well as their four-year-old son Ethan, had the support of the St Luke’s Hospice community palliative care nursing team in Sheffield.

And in the months since his death, Cheryl and Ethan have been helped by the hospice’s bereavement service.

Now Cheryl has decided to give something back and will be competing in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, May 27, and raising money for St Luke’s.

Cheryl said: “The team from St Luke’s have been with us every step of the way.

“Dan was so grateful for everyone’s support, because he couldn’t have remained at home without the palliative care nursing team.

“He was in awe of them and couldn’t thank them enough for their help and support and I am still accessing their services for bereavement counselling - I just don’t know what I’d do without it.”

It was the memory of Dan’s positive attitude to life that encouraged Cheryl to take up exercise after his death and now she’s training for the half marathon plus fundraising for the Whirlow hospice.

She said: “Dan is an inspiration to me and everyone that knew him. His love for life, fun and helping others is giving me the strength to carry on and make him proud.”

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n WHEN leading surgeon Professor Andrew Shorthouse agreed to become a patron of St Luke’s, he decided he should give the charity some practical support.

And that is why, at the age of 65, he is training for his first Sheffield Half Marathon.

And he hopes when he takes to the streets on May 27 he will be able to raise at least £2,000 for the hospice.

He said: “The end of March will see me into full retirement after a busy 25 years in Sheffield as a consultant colorectal surgeon.

“It has been a rewarding career, but now it’s time to put something back into the community. As a new patron, St Luke’s is my chosen charity.

“I started running when I was 40, but this is the first time I’ve tried a half marathon, so I have a special training programme to prepare me.”

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