Choosing to run a half marathon would be a challenge for most people, however, local mum Lucy Darney, chose the difficult and hilly Cardiff Trail Half Marathon to honour the mountains her daughter has had to climb in her health.

Her daughter Ella suffered with Sepsis in November of 2018, and was admitted to the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) in Morriston hospital.

Ella, who is now making a good recovery, told us “I don’t remember that much about my time in ITU, I get flashes occasionally, but I do remember that everyone was lovely.”

Lucy recalls spending time in the department and how scary it was “You would see other families in the relative’s room, and how that everyone’s loved ones were fighting for their life. The care that Ella received was out of this world.”

Once Ella was home and making improvements, Lucy knew she wanted to do something to say thank you and raise funds for the ward.

She contacted the fundraising department at Swansea Bay Health Charity who supported her with sending her a t-shirt to wear whilst running the race, helped her with her JustGiving page and provided her with sponsorship forms.

Swansea Bay Health Charity is the official charity of the health board, and supports patients, staff and services. The charity does not replace NHS funding but uses the generous donations to provide above and beyond what the NHS can provide.

The money that Lucy has raised will go directly to the department, this gave Lucy motivation whilst running the race. “It was the hardest thing I have done” she said “However, I did it! It kept me going knowing I was raising money”

Senior Matron, Carol Doggett, told us how important these donations are “Every penny we get goes back to patient and family care. We have a programme to improve the family support room, this will help us to enhance patient and family experience.”

If you would like to find out more about fundraising, please contact the charity by emailing swanseabay.healthcharity@wales.nhs.uk

Pictured: Lucy Darney, Ella Darney and senior matron Carol Doggett.

Pictured: Lucy running the Cardiff Trail half marathon

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