Mum and daughter take on a great run

Louise Culling with her mum, Jill
Louise Culling with her mum, Jill

A mother and daughter will be racing around the streets of Manchester to help raise funds to support Willowbrook Hospice.

Jill Culling and her daughter Louise, 18, of St Helens, are getting ready to take part in Great Manchester Run on May 22 in appreciation of the care the hospice gave to husband and dad, Stephen Culling.

Stephen Culling, who died of cancer in 2011

Stephen Culling, who died of cancer in 2011

Jill, 55, said: “Stephen was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2010 and was referred to Willowbrook for treatment and respite care. Although he managed to come home for Christmas, he returned there soon after and passed away peacefully with me at his side in January 2011.”

“The hospice was fantastic with Stephen and everyone was so kind and caring. It made the world of difference that we could spend those last few days with Stephen together as a family.

“All of the staff, from volunteers to nurses to consultants, treated us all with understanding, compassion and dignity and prepared us for the hard journey we faced.”

In training since January 2016, Jill and Louise will be joining thousands of other runners on the start line for the 10km event, which starts and finishes in Manchester City Centre and passes Old Trafford along the route.

Jill continued; “Taking part in run is our way of saying thank you and ‘putting something back’ into the hospice after all the help and support they gave to us. We’re determined to complete the 10K in under an hour and raise as much money as we can for Willowbrook”

Louise, who works at a local primary school added: “Willowbrook Hospice allowed us to be a family when we needed to the most. I will always be thankful for the care my dad received and how comfortable and peaceful they made him through his care at the hospice. Raising money from our run will help ensure that more families are able to benefit from all that Willowbrook offers.

“Although the training has been hard work, we’re both really looking forward to the run, especially as we’ve never done anything like this before. It’s going to be a great buzz at the end knowing that we’ve completed the run and helped to raise money for the hospice.”

All of the money raised by Jill and Louise will allow Willowbrook Hospice to continue to provide the highest standards of care and support to local people with life limiting illnesses.

To support Jill and Clare and help raise money for Willowbrook Hospice, visit https://www.justgiving.com/jill-culling2 for Jill or https://www.justgiving.com/louise-culling for Louise