Fundraising in tribute to Elijah

Elijah Wood.
Elijah Wood.

THEY did it in memory of Elijah and for the benefit of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Bank worker Jade Fallowfield, aged 31, of Wath, and work colleagues Sarah Jane-Brook, Alison Ragsdale and Kate Colgrave raised more than £3,500 for the North Anston children’s hospice in memory of Jade’s 10-year-old cousin Elijah Miller.

Jade and her colleagues, all technical specialists at HSBC’s Tankersley office, ran the Great Yorkshire Run in September to raise funds for the hospice in North Anston, where Elijah spent the last three weeks of his life.

Elijah was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in June 2011 and died in May.

His parents Dawn and John and younger brother Edan spent the last few weeks with him at the hospice, while his older brother Jack stayed at home.

Jade said: “I visited Bluebell Wood a number of times during the last few weeks of Elijah’s life. Initially, I was scared to visit but realised what a relaxed and friendly atmosphere it has.

“The support and help given to my aunt, uncle and his brothers was amazing and I know the staff made things so much easier during what was an extremely difficult time for them.”

Jade and her colleagues all finished the run in under one hour and 10 minutes, despite some of them never having run before.

They raised £1,785 in sponsorship and HSBC has agreed to match-fund the amount, making a total of £3,570.

Jade is now arranging further fundraising activities through work, while HSBC in Tankersley has also nominated Bluebell Wood as its chosen charity for next year.

Jade said: “This way I can continue to support them as this is something I feel quite strongly about now.”