Hannah's Half-marathon Efforts Lead To A Big Surprise For Grimsby Family

WHEN Hannah Sheppard embarked on a personal fitness challenge this year – little did she know what impact it would have on the life of a little boy recovering from cancer.

The Linden Homes sales executive and mum took her New Year’s resolution to quit smoking and get fit to the next level, taking up running and completing this summer’s Humber Half Marathon.

And her achievement not only benefited herself – but a family at the Freshney Green development in Grimsby where she is based.

Hannah raised several hundred pounds in sponsorship from the event, and along with a donation from Linden Homes, which has helped to give a treat to some very surprised residents!

A total of £850 in Centre Pacrs vouchers have been presented to Jade McCall and Marc Ramsey, to give their little boy Jack a much-deserved break after undergoing months of cancer treatment.

At just eight months old, Jack (now 15 months) was diagnosed with a tumour on one of his kidneys, and has endured a number of operations and chemotherapy.

Mum Jade said: “It has been an extremely anxious time for us all. We have spent a lot of time in hospital and while Jack has been recovering at home, we haven’t been able to go out very much because his immune system has been so weak.

“I was completely surprised when Hannah told us she had been fundraising for Jack, we didn’t know she was planning this wonderful gesture and even sponsored her for the half marathon! We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed.”

As Jack continues to make a good recovery, the family is hoping to make the trip later this year.

Hannah said: “The challenge for me was very fulfilling – both on a personal level and also being able to do something to help Jack and his family.”

Happy days! Freshney Green mum Jade McCall and little Jack with Linden Homes sales executive Hannah Sheppard.
Happy days! Freshney Green mum Jade McCall and little
Jack with Linden Homes sales executive Hannah Sheppard.

-ENDS-

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22 August 2012

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