Injury no barrier to James’ fundraising

A fall in the Sheffield Half Marathon hasn’t stopped James Tanner from raising £1,200 for Bluebell Wood.

Janet Cooke, James Tanner and Master Cutler Ken Cooke support Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice at the Sheffield Half Marathon

Janet Cooke, James Tanner and Master Cutler Ken Cooke

James, who offered to run the Sheffield Half Marathon on behalf of his grandad Ken Cooke, the Master Cutler, was forced to retire early after falling and twisting his ankle at the 11-mile stage.

Ken, who is supporting Bluebell Wood in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge, is full of praise for James for raising an impressive amount for South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice.

Ken Cooke, Master Cutler, said: “I know we’ve asked everyone to produce some heroics for Bluebell Wood families, but that wasn’t meant to include a flying leap in the Sheffield Half Marathon. I said ‘break a leg’ to James before he started but now I wish I hadn’t, as he’s walking around on crutches.

“I’m really proud of James for offering to step up to the plate and run the event. Luckily, he hasn’t been put off by the experience and is planning to run another half marathon this autumn, possibly the Chesterfield one. We’re all very proud of him and hope the next one won’t be quite so eventful.”

James said: “Having started the half marathon well after some encouraging words from my grandad, it was a shame I got injured. However, it has spurred me on to compete in more runs in the future when my ankle is fully healed. Having raised so much money is an even bigger push to compete and raise more. I just want to say thank you to everyone for their support of a wonderful charity and their donations.”

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re really grateful to James for his support and hope his ankle gets better as soon as possible. All the money that he and other Master Cutler’s Challenge participants raise will help our families to live with love and laughter, whether they have days, months or years left together.”

This year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge asks companies and community groups to raise as much as they can from a starting £50 seed fund. Money raised will help Bluebell Wood provide services such as music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups and end of life treatment and care to families across the region.

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