Sheffield sisters run in tribute to dad

Rosalyn Barber and Tracey Stimson
Rosalyn Barber and Tracey Stimson
Have your say

Two sisters are preparing to take on a running challenge in Sheffield in memory of their dad on the first anniversary of his death.

Rosalyn Barber, aged 46, and Tracey Stimson, 49, are both taking part in Weston Park Hospital’s Run In The Park at Graves Park on Sunday which features a 10k race and 3k fun run.

The sisters – keen runners – will be taking on the longer distance in memory of their dad Eric Barber, who received treatment for bladder cancer at Weston Park Hospital before dying aged 82 on July 14 last year.

Rosalyn, from Halfway, Sheffield, said: “We know it will be tough and very challenging to do the run, which falls on the first anniversary of our loss. But our dad was a very active man and it’s a very positive way to remember him and to support a fantastic cause.”

Rosalyn, an office manager, and Tracey, a practice nurse from Kiveton Park, hope to raise more than £1,800 for the charity.

The pair took part in a previous Run in the Park in 2011 and have also tackled a number of other races, including half-marathons.

“When my dad was diagnosed it was a shock,” said Rosalyn.

“He needed radiotherapy at Weston Park, which is an amazing place. He was never worried about going there for treatment because each and every member of staff was so kind and caring.

“I’d encourage everyone to sign up and take part in the run. There’s a great atmosphere and it is satisfying to know that all the money raised supports a great cause.”

Run In The Park has raised more than £90,000 since 2009 and it is hoped this year’s event will beat last year’s total of £44,000.

n Visit Weston Park Hospital Cancer charity or call 0114 2265370 to sign up.