Faye Oliver, 24 from Huyton recently joined forces with her cousin Stephen Donovan, 31 from Prescot, to take on a half marathon to help raise money for the hospice which cared for her dad, George, during the final few days of his life.
PE teacher Faye was on a year-long placement in Berlin when her dad took ill.
Faye says: “My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in September last year. He was originally due to have chemotherapy but his condition deteriorated so rapidly that any treatment was impossible. Although he was only in Willowbrook for a couple of days, the staff there were amazing and treated my dad as a person, not just a patient. He was made to feel really comfortable and we knew that he was in the best possible place given the circumstances.
“The hospice was also really accommodating to our whole family. We’re a big family so my dad had a lot of visitors throughout his stay and everyone was made to feel welcome. They also allowed me and my mum to stay over so that we could spend some private with my dad.”
Sadly, George passed away in the Prescot-based hospice on 27 January this year.
Faye continues: “One of my dad’s final wishes was that I continue my work in Berlin and complete my year there but when my cousin, Stephen, mentioned that he was looking for a running buddy for the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, I jumped at the chance and arranged to fly over to take part – even though I’d never ran that far in my life! We both decided to use the race as an opportunity to raise money for Willowbrook to thank them not only for the care they gave my dad but also for the support they gave to Stephen’s uncle Joe a few years ago.
“We were amazing by the support we had from our family and friends and I know that my dad would have been made up with what we’ve achieved. He’d have been over the moon when we crossed the finishing line but more importantly he’d have been so proud that we managed to raise so much money to help other families who need the care and support that Willowbrook provides.”