The one thing Springhill Hospice fundraisers have in common is the desire to give something back. In the case of Chantelle Thornton, her family and friends, they not only wanted to say ‘thank you’ but also wanted to help ensure that Springhill’s doctors and nurses could continue, in the future, their care for others.
Last year, doctors, nurses and volunteers cared for Chantelle’s husband, Tom Thornton, who tragically lost his life to cancer just weeks after the birth of their son Maxwell. One year on and Chantelle, along with ‘Team Tom’, have pledged their support to Springhill Hospice. Team Tom, a group made up of over 30 supporters, chose to run Manchester’s 10k, raising both money and awareness for the Hospice.
Wearing specially made t-shirts bearing the smiling face of Rochdale Rugby Union player Tom, the group trained for and ran the Manchester 10k in May of this year. Tom’s widow, Chantelle, and his father Kevin, proudly took part sporting their Team Tom t-shirts. The two were even more proudly supported by Tom’s mother Vanessa and his son, Maxwell.
Speaking about their fundraising efforts Chantelle said, “Team Tom has collectively raised £3,431 so far and our total is still rising. It is really important to us all to know that someone else will receive the same extra special care that Tom was able to receive.”
“It is clear from the community’s response to Tom’s death and from the support of everyone in Team Tom, that he was an inspirational man”, said Springhill Chief Executive, Julie Halliwell. “The money that has been raised will go directly to patient care ensuring that the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers can continue. The whole ward team were moved by Tom, his family and friends and we cannot thank them all enough for their support.”