Jane’s marathon run to raise money for small comforts

Kelly Thornham News

Jane Buckley is hoping for a picture perfect finish when she runs the London Marathon for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity next month.

Bradford-born Jane, who works as art director for Simon & Schuster publishing house in London, is running in memory of her dad and Auntie Marlene, who she describes as “two people who made the world a better place.”

Jane is so grateful for the care both her dad, who she lost to cancer 25 years ago, and her Auntie Marlene, who died of a stroke in 2017, received at Bradford Royal Infirmary that she wants to raise money for the Palliative Care Unit and the stroke ward. “I’m running for pillows and toothpaste,” said Jane. “Palliative care is so important to so many, and the hard working carers are in desperate need of simple comforts, such as pillows and toothpaste. It’s an area that fights for funding, so every penny really does help.”

Despite the fact Jane now lives in London, she is keen to give back to the city where she grew up and thank the nurses and doctors who she describes as heroes. “The nurses were so good looking after both of them. My Auntie Marlene was in hospital at Christmas and, despite it being a very difficult time, it was so uplifting and moving. I take my hat off to all the doctors and nurses.

“I really want something positive to come from this. My dad was such a positive man and it’s that emotion which drives me on, knowing I’m doing something positive to keep their names alive and help others.”

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “While our hospitals provide cutting-edge treatment and first class care, it is Bradford Hospitals Charity which provide the extras which the NHS does not fund. These extras make such a huge difference to patients and their families. I can’t thank Jane enough for thinking of her home city and helping other patients in Bradford.”

Jane is lucky enough to have some of the most celebrated children’s book illustrators sponsor her marathon bid! If you would like to join them to pledge your support, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janeeb33?utm_campaign=lc_frp_share_transaction_fundraiser_page_donation_received_-_nth_donation&utm_content=1f4cbda3-2c8e-4c5c-8e98-56d0a58b69ea&utm_medium=email&utm_source=postoffice&utm_term=1546810429354

 

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org. Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email charity@bthft.nhs.u