Four novice runners are getting ready to tackle the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon in memory of their late friend Jeff.
Four novice runners are getting ready to tackle the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for the hospital that cared for their friend in the days before he died.
Graham Bell – known to his friends as Jeff – was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after suffering head injuries in an incident in Huddersfield town centre on October 1st last year. He died three days later.
Now Brian May, Darren Coop, David Heaton and Steven McDonagh are running the half marathon to raise money for the neurology ward that cared for the 37-year-old father-of-three.
Brian said: “We are raising money for LGI neuro ward who cared for Jeff tremendously. The staff on the ward went above and beyond in looking after Jeff and his family at such an awful time. Jeff’s wife, Shireen, could not speak highly enough of the staff there and massively appreciated the human touch delivered by the staff.
“We have set up a Facebook page called "Jog for Jeff," giving updates on our training and also providing a platform to advertise our Virgin Money giving page which so far has raised an amazing amount of £892 and rising. We are also taking offline sponsorship and we fully expect to reach over £1000.
“In a time of severe NHS cutbacks we could not think of a better cause and feel like this money would be our way of thanking all the staff, while also helping the ward to continue its fantastic work.”
While looking forward to the event on Sunday, the four friends are not under-estimating the size of the task.
Brian said: “We are complete novices when it comes to running, so this will be a massive test for us all. We can’t wait for Leeds Half Marathon, it looks a good run and a great crowd. Being from Huddersfield, we are expecting a fantastic West Yorkshire crowd to get behind us.”
Brian and co. will be among thousands of runners at the Leeds Half Marathon running for a plethora of deserving causes.
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