Sheffield dad takes on 13 mile run in St Luke's Hospice Home Run fundraiser

Graphic designer David Saunderson has a very personal reason for joining the St Luke’s Hospice Home Run .

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 1:31 pm

Home Run is the charity’s March virtual fundraising event, which sees participants running 13 miles to help raise the vital funds that will help St Luke’s continue caring for hundreds of people across Sheffield in their own homes.

Regular runners are going the full distance in one run, while others are spreading the distance over a few days.

And Dave is running in memory of his wife Sarah’s grandfather, Billy Ivison, who was a patient in the St Luke’s In Patient Centre in 2019 and into 2020.

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“Billy had cancer and spent around four months at St Luke’s, including the Christmas period, which was very special for us all,” said Woodseats based David, who works for Sheffield digital agency Hydra Creative, keen supporters of St Luke’s.

“The support he received from everybody at St Luke’s meant the whole family, including his grandchildren and great grandchildren, could be with him.

“I have always known about St Luke’s but now we know exactly what the level of care they offer really means.

Bill with granddaughter Sarah and great granddaughter Edith

“I am a runner but not usually such a big distance so I’m aiming to complete the challenge in four stages, most probably around Rother Valley Country Park, where there aren’t too many hills!”

Thirteen miles is the average distance a St Luke’s Community Nurse travels in two days, visiting patients across Sheffield to care for them in their own home or nursing home.

For full details of how to join the St Luke’s Home Run, visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/support/home-run