Sue Ryder-Wheatfields Hospice is very close to the hearts of Mark and Elaine Winterbourne – and they now do everything they can to support the hospice.
The couple, of Yeadon, first experienced the care provided at Wheatfields when Elaine’s sister Anne Fawcett, was looked after by the hospice’s dedicated team of nurses.
Anne sadly lost her battle with lung cancer in October 2012 and since then Mark and Elaine have become huge supporters of the hospice in Headingley.
Elaine, 45, who did the Great North Run in 2013 in aid of the cause, said: “Without the care and support of Sue Ryder-Wheatfields Hospice during Anne’s illness we wouldn’t have been able to spend the time with her that was so valuable and so short.
“Every time I run, I think of Anne. I know I run with her support behind me. She always supported me, and this is my way of giving a little back to those who supported her when she needed it.”
Mark added: “During the time my sister-in-law was ill, the support down there was just fantastic. And the after care as well, they helped us with bereavement counselling.
“If a loved one passes away, the care doesn’t stop there.
“They are so good at what they do.”
Elaine is now planning more runs to give something back to the charity that provided so much help to her family at a time when they needed it the most.
Mark has also offered his services to the hospice as a volunteer photographer on several occasions, and most recently he has signed up for Leeds Largest Loser, which challenges people to get fit, lose weight and raise funds.
Despite suffering from a brain tumour, Mark is determined to get fit and change his lifestyle during the 10-week programme, which involves Wheatfields teaming up with six partner gyms to provide free gym access.
Classes and seminars are also available, including nutritional advice, hypnotherapy and motivational talks.
He said: “Wheatfields Hospice provided excellent care to my sister-in-law and I’ll do anything I can to support them. I have decided that my annual New Year diet will be my last, as this year I am going to succeed. I’m determined to throw myself into this challenge and support a great cause at the same time.”
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