Danielle Wade, 42, has so far raised almost £2,000 for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, as a thanks for their lifesaving treatment.
Her mum, Lynette Wade, was taken into hospital in January after being diagnosed with Covid-19, but soon took a turn for the worse and was admitted to the critical care unit.
Danielle said: “It was the biggest rollercoaster ever. They warned us about the blood clots, infection, and a phone call to say she probably wasn’t going to make it.”
But after 80 long days, Lynette is now out of critical care and on the road to recovery.
“Critical care were amazing, just unbelievable. Phone calls to update us and even wheeling her out to the garden one day!”
The whole ordeal inspired Danielle to raise money and give back to the hospital that saved her mums life.
Determined to push herself out of her comfort zone, she set herself the challenge of running 5k a day for 30 days.
Spurred on by the support of her family and friends, Danielle commented: “They told us when she [her mum] woke up that her rehab would be like training for a marathon, so I try and think to myself, come on, other people feel worse, keep going.
A lot of family and close friends were really apprehensive about what was going to happen to mum, so obviously they’re very grateful to the hospital.”
Lynette herself is a former member of staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as Waiting List Manager for over 30 years, and Danielle knows her mum was just as keen as her to show their gratitude to the hospital.
Despite the magnitude of her recovery journey, Lynette has been keeping a close eye on her daughters fundraising page and watched her smash the original goal of £500.
However, the fundraising hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Danielle faced an injury halfway through, but she’s now back putting one foot in front of the other and is on her way to completing her challenge.
“I got into a routine and started to enjoy it, but the hardest bit is the going. I don’t think I’m going to make a runner out of myself though!”