Four legged friend spurs on Sheffield charity runner

Fundraiser Sue Cartwright with her dog, Buddy.
Fundraiser Sue Cartwright with her dog, Buddy.

A CHARITY worker is raising money for a campaign to provide extra accommodation for families visiting patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital – with a little help from her four-legged friend.

Sue Cartwright, house operations manager at the Sick Children’s Trust, is taking on the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield next month.

Sick Children's Trust

Sick Children's Trust

She will be running the 10k race around Sheffield city centre in aid of the good cause’s Branching Out appeal to build a new ‘home from home’ at the children’s hospital.

And in the run-up to the event, Sue’s dog Buddy is acting as her training partner to help her get into shape.

Sue said: “I’ve not done any running for about two years now and knew I would need extra motivation to dig out my running shoes and get into the training mindset.

“Buddy is such an energetic dog that every time I went to put my trainers on he would just start jumping up and down as he thought we were going for a walk, so I couldn’t back out of the run.

“Now it works out brilliantly though, as every day we’ll go for our jog together.”

Sue, who lives in Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop but was born and brought up in Sheffield, added: “I’m so proud that the work I do 
supports such a fantastic hospital locally.

“This year is our charity’s 30th anniversary and this is my challenge to raise some money so I have extra motivation to reach my fundraising goal of £300.”

The race takes place on September 2, together with the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run.

The charity wants to build a new 11-bedroom house at Sheffield Children’s Hospital which will support an additional 250 families a year, providing them with a place to stay while their child is receiving treatment in hospital on the critical care wards.