Tom is ready to face his first half marathon in loving memory of his cousin

Tom Bell is set to run this Sunday’s Leeds Half Marathon to support the Sue Ryder Hospice who cared for his late cousin Joshua.

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Tom Bell is set to run the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon this Sunday to support the hospice that cared for his cousin Joshua Sanderson-Bell  - who died aged just 22.

Tom, 30, is keen to thank the Sue Ryder community nurses from Wheatfields Hospice after they cared for Joshua throughout his long battle with illness.

Tom, said: “It’s the first time I will have run a half marathon and I decided to raise funds for the wonderful work done by the hospice.

“Joshua was cared for by the community nurses at home, where he sadly passed away in November 2014.

“They were superb, caring and compassionate and did a great job with Joshua and helped the family immeasurably”.

(Image courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post)

Joshua’s father, Jason Sanderson, of Bramley, said: “The nurses made Josh so at ease even though he was nearing end of life they made him as comfortable as possible and made his final journey as peaceful as we could have wished for.”

Tom has played rugby league at Stanningley ARLFC from the age of six until he was in his mid twenties. Fitness is clearly not a problem, despite being rather new to the running scene.

He began his training in January and has since completed four 10k races. Sunday will be Tom's biggest test this year and his first ever half marathon.

Tom will be among thousands of inspirational runners at the Leeds half Marathon looking to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for a number of deserving causes.

As it stands, Tom has raised a monumental £1,626 for Wheatfields Hospice. The majority of this was achieved last months at the Hospice's annual dinner. Tom is hoping that this total is increased come race day.

He has set a target to raise £500 from the half marathon. To support Mr Bell’s fundraising, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thomas-bell12

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