Sheffield man turns sad anniversary into a positive fundraising event for Sheffield charity

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A Sheffield man is taking part in a charity run to raise money for cancer care a year to the day after his mother died from the disease.

When Jason Ellis was told that Cavendish Cancer Care was hosting a fun-run on the first year anniversary of his mother’s passing, his only response was “I have to do it.”

Despite the fact that Jason hasn’t had much running experience, he decided to take part in Sheffield Together, a 10K run, was that the event takes place on the first anniversary of losing his Mum to cancer.

He said: “It’s a perfect way of raising money for Cavendish Cancer Care, but also in remembering my mum on the anniversary. It’s a positive way to celebrate my mum.”

Jason was first made aware of the support and treatment offered by Cavendish Cancer Care when his Mum was in the Northern General Hospital. She told him about her reflexology therapy she had received. The charity also helped him through the tough time.

He said: “I was pleased to hear that Cavendish also supports Carers and was offered reflexology myself. After four sessions I felt a lot better about life. I’m able to think about things in a more positive way and put a smile on my face at times when I couldn’t before. It’s invaluable care.”

“I want to fundraise for Cavendish as it’s something that’s close to my heart. To my mum it’d be lovely for her to hear that the money is going somewhere where it’ll be fully appreciated.”

Jason added that getting up at 5.30am every morning to train hasn’t been easy, but it is worth it.

However, he won’t be the only one in his family helping raise money; his two eldest sons Nathan and George will also be putting their running shoes on for a trip round Ecclesall Woods.

The rest of his family will be there as well, cheering Jason and his sons on from the sidelines.

On November 15 Jason will be, as he puts it, ‘turning a negative into a positive’ by running 10km along with plenty of others whose lives have been affected by cancer as part of Cavendish Cancer Care’s Sheffield Together event in Ecclesall Woods. The day starts at 11.30am and participants can either walk, jog or run their way around the woods in order to help support anyone and everyone affected by cancer in the community.

Jason said: “Although cancer is a tough time for everyone, I found solace in the fact that it was nice to know there’s something out there that could give my Mum a smile.”