though it’s been nearly 3 years since we lost our beloved
Bob Ashton on, 23rd November 2009, we will never forget the immense
support and care of the Take Heart charity at Leeds General Infirmary.
This year 2012, I am going to run the London Marathon for the Take
Heart charity and the fabulous work that they do.
year I have been lucky enough to get a ballot place to run the London
Marathon (which means there is no minimum financial limit to qualify
for the run) and so I am able to run for Take Heart, to do a little
bit towards the amazing people that put so much time and energy
into such a worthwhile charity.
family truly could not have coped without the support of Take Heart
and the facilities that they provide people going through the trauma
of having someone they love being so critically ill. The relatives’
bedrooms are crucial for people not living close to the hospital.
To be able to stay near to their relative and not have the stress
of travelling long distances is one less pressure to deal with.
The roof-top garden on the Jubilee Building is a wonderful sanctuary,
where Jackie and Charlotte often sat to collect their thoughts.
The charity took such great care of my sister and niece: I thank
all the volunteers for everything that they did for my family.
have been running now for 5 years. I wanted to be a bit healthier
and have an interest. I love to run. It gives me a sense of freedom.
This will be my 3rd London Marathon. I also ran the Great North
Run for Take Heart in 2010. I feel so lucky to be healthy and proud
to be running for Take Heart. I have great memories of Bob as I
was very close to him and I want to make sure that this event is
joyous and positive; to give back to those who give so much to so
22nd April 2012, I will cross the finish line of the Virgin London
Marathon with happy memories of Bob as he is never far from our
to make a sponsorship donation for Helen