FRAN and Andrew Carnall will be lining up for the start of the Sheffield Half Marathon, knowing that every step they take in the sporting challenge will provide a lasting tribute to friend Cheryl Ridge.
Cheryl was a patient at St Luke’s and following her death at the end of 2019 Fran and Andrew decided that they wanted to do something to ensure that other patients continue to enjoy the same levels of care they saw their friend and her family receive.
“Seeing how Cheryl was supported in those last days really brings home to you how important St Luke’s is,” said Fran.
“I’d never been to St Luke’s before but it was so calming, very spacious and really airy and the door was always open – it was so accommodating to all of us.
“Her family were all so grateful for the help and care they received from the very first contact right through to her death and beyond and that’s why we want to do something in her memory.”
Fran and Andrew did take part in the Half Marathon in 2010, 2011 and 2012 but more recently have not been pursuing such a strenuous fitness regime.
“I wanted to do something that would be a challenge, something that would get me outdoors,” said Fran.
“I decided on Christmas Eve that I would do the Half Marathon and literally put my trainers on and went for a run there and then.
“It was hard work and a little bit overwhelming thinking how far I will have to run on the day and what with Andrew’s hips and me and my back it really is going to be a challenge.
“But we’re doing this for Cheryl and that’s giving us all the inspiration we need.”
To support Fran and Andrew in the half marathon on March 29 visit Fran and Andrew