Half-marathon hero Sophie does late dad proud

Six half-marathons and just under 80 miles of running later fabulous fundraiser Sophie Edmonds has handed over a cheque for £1,400 at Nottingham’s City Hospital.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Ilkeston and is a customer adviser at our Wollaton branch, presented the money to the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre - who helped look after her late dad Mark until he passed away, when Sophie was just nine.

Over the course of 2016 Sophie has completed gruelling 13-mile runs in Derby, Sheffield, Newcastle, Worksop, Liverpool and Leeds, often with sister Michelle by her side.

The thought of what her dad, who first developed skin cancer and then deteriorated due to other forms of the illness, went through - as well as the many others like him on a daily basis - spurred Sophie on through the sweat and the tears.

And her efforts generated much interest amongst family members, friends and many of our customers - who dug deep and contributed towards the tremendous total.

Sophie said: “My dad was the driving influence behind this as I was only young when he died and I wanted to do something to not only show we still think about him as a family every day but also to help raise vital funds for Macmillan, which is a wonderful cause helping the many people and their families struck down by cancer.

“The icing on the cake was to go to the Macmillan Centre and hand over the money to them. They are wonderful people doing amazing jobs every day for families just like mine and whilst it is a drop in the ocean as to what they need I hope it helps.

“I may have run the miles but the people who really deserve the biggest thank-you are my family, friends and all of the customers who donated so generously.”

Doctor Rhoda Molife, who now works in London but who treated Mark as part of the clinical team in Nottingham before he died in 2001, added: “A big well done to Sophie and to Michelle. To have challenged themselves like they have this year and raised so much is truly wonderful.

“Despite their own pain and sadness their generosity and thoughtfulness has shone through and I know their efforts are hugely appreciated by my peers at City Hospital.”

Sophie (centre) at City Hospital with colleagues Charlotte Bull (left) and Julie Stewart.


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