Doc­tor’s marathon ef­fort for mum

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A DOC­TOR has un­der­taken his first ever half marathon to raise money for the hos­pice that cared for his mum.

Mike Richardson, from Poyn­ton, tack­led the Oul­ton Park Half Marathon to raise money for St Ann’s Hos­pice, where his mum Les­ley was a pa­tient last year.

His ded­i­ca­tion was buoyed by the fact that Mike also worked at the Heald Green hos­pice dur­ing his train­ing, and was based there while his mum was un­der their care.

He said: “I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced St Ann’s from ev­ery an­gle, as a rel­a­tive and GP reg­is­trar, so ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der­ful work of the hos­pice which re­lies heav­ily on do­na­tions to keep the doors open.

“There isn’t a sin­gle per­son there, from the clean­ing staff, doc­tors, nurses and back room ad­min­is­tra­tors, who doesn’t work tire­lessly when we’re go­ing through our worst mo­ments.”

Mike said: “It was a bit weird that we were both there. I was on a six­month at­tach­ment as part of my train­ing and didn’t treat my mum be­cause I was on a dif­fer­ent ward but knew she was be­ing well looked af­ter.”

Sadly Mike’s mum, who was a sec­re­tary at Lo­s­tock Hall Pri­mary School, died from breast can­cer aged 51. Mike is de­ter­mined to hon­our his mum’s mem­ory, as well as help raise much needed cash for the hos­pice.

Mike, 27, is now based at Marple Med­i­cal Prac­tice and af­ter 10 years of univer­sity stud­ies will qual­ify as a GP in Au­gust.

Mike added: “I re­lied on St Ann’s in tough times and con­tinue to use their ser­vice pro­fes­sion­ally, re­fer­ring pa­tients for on­go­ing out­pa­tient care as they face end of life is­sues.”

And it’s not just Mike don­ning their run­ning shoes in mem­ory of Les­ley.

His sis­ter Kat Rudd is tak­ing part in the St Ann’s Hos­pice Colour Run in Wythen­shawe Park at the end of March, and his girl­friend Han­nah Saun­ders, who is the char­ity’s fundrais­ing part­ner­ships man­ager, is tack­ling the Lon­don Marathon in April.

To spon­sor Mike go to­just­giv­ing.com/ Michael-Richard­son12/

●● Mike Richardson with mum Les­ley, who was cared for at St Ann’s Hos­pice

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