Grandad inspires runner

25 July 2018

A KEEN runner from Wigan is taking on the Leigh 10K to raise funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice which cared for her grandad.

Melissa Grove, 25, from Orrell was urged to sign up for the race which takes place on Sunday, August 12th, by her grandad Bill Sheriff, 85, from Orrell who spent two and a half weeks in the hospice until he went home.

Bill, who has cancer, went into the Inpatient Unit for support to manage his pain and returned home on July 18th.

While at the hospice he discovered that once again it is the main charity partner for the Leigh 10K so told his granddaughter to sign up to help raise funds.

Melissa said: "I regularly do half-marathons, marathons and triathlons so I'm quite active and sporty. My grandad knows I like to go running and told me that he wanted me to do it. He said he'd pay my entry fee and give me £50 sponsorship money and he's been ordering my aunts and cousins to donate too.
"We only found out about his cancer six weeks ago and he deteriorated quickly. He had some health problems and some falls so went in the hospice for about two and a half weeks. While he was there the staff managed to get him to the point where he was able to come home, which was great.
"While he was there the staff were so good with him - they'd pop in when it was time to put the rugby on because they know he's a huge fan - and they've been brilliant with my family and me too. I can't thank the staff enough they are so welcoming and full of smiles. It can be very daunting going into a hospice - you imagine it's doom and gloom - but when you go you are met with understanding and every time you say 'hello' they check you are alright. I have nothing but praise for them."

Bill said: "I would like to thank all those concerned at the hospice and for the treatment I received. I am hopefully going to be able to attend the Leigh 10km and would like to see Melissa cross the finish line."

Up to 1,000 runners can take part in the event this year which sold out in 2017. Visitors will also be able to enjoy market stalls, fairground rides, games and the Leigh Centurions are bringing their sensory dome.

In 2017 the first Leigh 10K raised over £10,000 for the hospice and attracted 600 runners. Sign-up for the second is now open at

The event starts at 9.30am at Civic Square and takes in two laps of Leigh town centre.


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