Sharon takes on marathon for hospital units

Sharon Breward is to run the London Marathon for the second time. ANL-161204-165105001

Sharon Breward is to run the London Marathon for the second time. ANL-161204-165105001

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The exemplary work of two different departments at West Suffolk Hospital is inspiring a Great Cornard woman to take on her second consecutive London Marathon.

Sharon Breward has paid tribute to staff in the Hospital’s critical care unit (CCU) and Macmillan Unit who have treated her mum, Jackie Bird, over the last five months.

Mrs Breward, 44, from Recreation Walk, Great Cornard, will be raising funds for the CCU by running the marathon on April 24.

“My mum had a lump in her throat back in November,” she said. “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, we had the news we were dreading, my mum was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma. In December she started chemotherapy at the Macmillan Unit and she is now coming to the end of her treatment.

“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 a sad place, they brighten up the unit every day.”

Mrs Breward will be taking her place in her second consecutive London Marathon, having also run the Brighton 26-mile event in 2014.

She took up running just four years ago after being persuaded to join Sudbury Joggers by a friend.

“It was the best decision I had made,” she said. “I would never have run any races if it wasn’t for their encouragement and support.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Sharon- Breward2.