Three local Sheffield sisters have just completed a mammoth challenge to raise funds to support neurological patients in Sheffield, in honour of their Dad.
When Greg Thomas fell ill at the end of 2020, his three daughters, Chloe, Kayleigh and Natalie decided to do their bit to raise money for the neurology team who have treated and supported Greg over the last 13 years.
Greg had a meningioma brain tumour that was successfully treated with surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in September 2007, followed by a course of radiotherapy. He has had frequent migraines and epilepsy since, and was taken to hospital in December 2020 following a severe episode which was diagnosed as migralepsy.
Greg’s daughters, all from Sheffield, decided that they would channel their worry and helplessness into something positive.
Throughout January, the three girls ran, walked and cycled a massive 100km each. They nicknamed it their ‘tryathlon’, but they ended up smashing their target.
Their efforts have already raised over £1,000 for Neurocare, to support the neurology department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, money that will make a huge difference to patients and staff.
Chloe Thomas, 26, said:
“When Dad fell ill we were all so worried and as we couldn’t see him or help our mum out because of social distancing, we decided we needed something positive to do.
“Me and my sisters want to give something back because we know that the treatment that our Dad has had is just incredible and we are so grateful. Thankfully our dad has recovered from his recent illness and is so proud of us for taking on this our challenge!
“We knew it would be really difficult to each get to 100km but we are so pleased that we did – one way or another!
“The work that Neurocare and Sheffield Hospitals Charity do to support the hospitals and provide treatment and equipment is amazing and so we are so happy to be able to support them.”
Chloe, Kayleigh and Natalie are raising funds through JustGiving and you can support them at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamthomii