Hayley Maud is set to take on the challenge of this year's Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 10th May in memory of her father, Andy, and to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, whose Community Team cared for Andy at home in 2019.
Hayley will be taking on the 13-mile challenge in memory of her father, Andy, who was cared for at home by the Wheatfields Hospice Community Team before he passed away in November 2019.
Hayley took up running for the first time last year and has since completed a number of running challenges, including multiple 5k and 10k races, as well as weekly parkruns. She is now hoping to raise £400 by taking on her very first half marathon in her hometown of Leeds.
“The nurses were so dedicated and it was always clear that my dad’s health and wellbeing was of the utmost importance”
Hayley said: “The nurses from Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice were so dedicated and it was always clear that my dad’s health and wellbeing was of the utmost importance to them. As a family we knew that they were only a phone call away, which took away a lot of our worry and gave us peace of mind at a really difficult time.
“I am so proud to be taking on this challenge to say thank you and give something back”
This will most likely be the toughest race physically and mentally for me, but I know that every mile I run and every pound I raise will be special and significant. Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice meant a lot to my Dad and to my family and I am so proud to be taking on this challenge to say thank you and give something back.”
Kirsty Christmas, Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice said: “We are so grateful to Hayley for taking on the Leeds Half Marathon to raise funds for the hospice in memory of her dad. It takes a lot of dedication and training and we’d all like to wish her good luck for the race day.”
If you've been inspired by Hayley's story and would also like to get involved, there is still time to sign-up for the Leeds Half Marathon in aid of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, which provides expert care and compassion to local people with life-limiting conditions, and offers support to their families through the toughest times.