Running for his grandad

John-Paul Lambert.
John-Paul Lambert.

Hospital patients are benefitting from the fundraising efforts of a former patient’s grandson.

John-Paul Lambert ran the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to benefit the work of the Gillow District Nurses in Lancaster, to thank them for the care they gave his grandmother.

He said: “Me and my family can’t express enough thanks and gratitude for the fantastic work the Gillow District Nurses did for my Nana, Maureen Deehan.

“After being diagnosed with a terminal illness my Nana wanted to end her days in the family home she loved so her GP arranged daily nursing care.

“They came into our lives at a most traumatic time and yet they somehow managed to ease all our worries and help my Nana get the most out of her final months.

“They visited everyday including Christmas and as well as treating her medical conditions, they laughed and cried with her through her struggles with the illness. She got to look forward to them coming, knew each of them by name and enjoyed chatting and hearing about their lives and families. They were like part of her extended family.

“By the time she passed away we were honoured that two nurses who had visited more regularly attended her funeral.

Not just these two nurses but the whole Gillow team did a fantastic job in providing nursing care but also treating my Nana with courtesy and helping her keep her dignity throughout her illness.

“They were all dedicated and unassuming, a real credit to Gillow District Nurses and the NHS itself.

“I want to thank them for the fantastic work they do and let them know how much they enriched the lives of just one family who had the need for their nursing care.

“I have run one marathon before a year previous in London with my brother and a friend for the children’s charity VICTA so I was aware of the training involved.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing sports and wanted in some way to show how grateful me and my family are for all the good work that the nurses do on a daily basis. I joined up with the Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club around two months before the race to mix up my training and push myself a bit more.

“Race day itself was sunny and 24 degrees - nothing like the cold conditions I had been training in. The race itself was tough in the heat but a great experience and I managed to finish sunburnt in 4hrs 20mins. My family, friends and girlfriend, Kathryn, were all fantastic and in total we managed to raise £585 for a great cause.”