Fun Run: Family and carers run in memory of Alf

Runners: From left, Calvin Pearson, Tracy Cook, Rachel Pearson, Brandon Pearson, Les Lilley, Elaine Bulloss, Sarah Cook, James Drake, Jenny Bulloss, Amanda Emson, April Drake, Rebecca Drake.

Runners: From left, Calvin Pearson, Tracy Cook, Rachel Pearson, Brandon Pearson, Les Lilley, Elaine Bulloss, Sarah Cook, James Drake, Jenny Bulloss, Amanda Emson, April Drake, Rebecca Drake.

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A GREAT grandfather who died of Motor Neurone Disease will be remembered as his family are joined by his carers to take part in the Fun Run to raise money for people affected by the disease.

Elaine Bulloss, aged 53, of Killamarsh, lost her father, Alf Green, last November.

Alf was diagnosed with MND in 2001 – 30 years after his elder brother also died from the disease – and left behind children Paul, Elaine and Mark, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

After his wife Betty died, Elaine, a nurse, became his main carer with the help of Chesterfield-based Millennium Health Care. They visited sometimes five times a day, allowing him to stay in his home until his death at the age of 78.

Elaine said: “I heard about the Fun Run from the MND Newsletter and I thought it would be a nice thing to do for myself and my daughter, Jenny, and then five of my dad’s carers asked if they could get involved with their children too.

“I have been overwhelmed by their care and kindness, not only in memory of my dad but to me too.

“As a charity MND South Yorkshire was wonderful to us, providing information, understanding and support throughout dad’s disease and helped tremendously in the most difficult times for the family.”

Alf and his wife lived in Gleadless for 50 years before his condition deteriorated and they moved into a bungalow closer to Elaine and her family.

Elaine added: “When dad lost his speech the carers knew he couldn’t answer them but he would give a wink, a smile, a frown or shake his head, so they became able to communicate as they spent more time with him and grew very fond of him.

“The 15 of us are all looking forward to the run, we know it’s going to be busy but I am absolutely delighted these people are running in memory of my dad and raising awareness for MND Association South Yorkshire.”