Caring Ayesha to run in grandads’ memory

Ayesha Watkins is running the Sheffield Half Marathon on May 12 to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice in memory of her two granddads who recieved care at the hospice.
Ayesha Watkins is running the Sheffield Half Marathon on May 12 to raise money for the Prince of Wales Hospice in memory of her two granddads who recieved care at the hospice.

Caring Ayesha Watkins will tackle the Sheffield Half Marathon in memory of her grandads who both died from cancer.

Miss Watkins, 21, will be running the race on Sunday to raise cash for the Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice where both her grandfathers received care.

Miss Watkins, of Newstead View, Fitzwilliam, said: “I want to thank the hospice and give something back to them. They were a great help to my both my grandads and my family.

“The staff helped give my grandparents very dignified ends to their lives.”

She added: “When my first grandad died I was only young and the staff at the hospice would just sit with me and make sure I was okay.”

Miss Watkins’ grandad Michael Watkins died 12 years ago and her grandad Eric Hall died last year.

Miss Watkins, a chemistry student at the University of Sheffield, said: “I’ve been training for the half marathon by running three times a week with a friend.

“I’ve run a 5km race before and I’ve been gradually increasing my distance working up to 13.1 miles.”

Miss Watkins has raised £450 so far for the hospice and hopes to increase that to £500.

For more information visit her Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Ayesha-Watkins