Sharon gets set for the Marathon to say thank you to hospital departments
A keen runner has revealed she will be inspired by two different departments at West Suffolk Hospital when she takes her place in her second consecutive London Marathon.
Sharon Breward has paid tribute to staff in the Hospital’s Critical Care Unit and Macmillan Unit who have treated her mum, Jackie Bird, over the last five months.
Sharon, 44, from Great Cornard, now wants to give something back when she takes her place in the landmark event on Sunday 24 April.
She explained: “My mum had a lump in her throat back in November. She had to have an operation to have it removed and she ended up in the Critical Care Unit for a week after the operation.
“The doctors and nurses were just amazing, they couldn't do enough for my mum and they kept us updated the whole time.
“When they tested the lump which they removed, we had the news we were dreading - my mum was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma.
“In December she started her Chemotherapy at the Macmillan Unit and she is now coming to the end of her treatment.
“From the doctors, nurses, tea ladies and cleaning team, I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff.
“They always have time to talk and always have a smile on their faces. In what can be sometimes a sad place, they all brighten up the unit every day.”
Sharon will be taking her place in her second consecutive London Marathon, having also run the Brighton 26-mile event in 2014.
Sharon, who took up running just four years ago, added: “I had never ran before but a friend persuaded me to join the local running club Sudbury Joggers.
“It was the best decision I had made - I would never have run any races if it wasn't for their encouragement and support.
“I am feeling very nervous but also very excited. As I ran it last year, I know what an amazing day it is.
“The atmosphere and the crowds are just mind blowing – it’s such a privilege to run it again this year.”
Sue Smith, fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted Sharon is supporting two very worthwhile departments at our hospital and we cannot thank her enough.”
To sponsor Sharon, please visit www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Breward2.