Doctor’s marathon effort for mum
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