JOHN OFFORD

JOHN OFFORD

Sheffield Half Marathon

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My story

[p]It was 5 years ago that my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told he had 4 weeks left to live. I remember driving my father back home, the silence in the car will stay with me forever. My brother, Anthony who had a mental illness took it particularly badly and ended up collapsing at a friends flat a few weeks later.[/p][p]A mix up by Yorkshire Ambulance Service meant my brother didn’t get immediate medical attention as there was a delay in dispatching an ambulance to the scene. When Anthony finally arrived at the Northern General hospital, he was sent to intensive care. When my mum and I reached the ward, we were called into a room where the doctor said that Anthony had irreversible brain damage, caused by a starvation of oxygen to the brain and that there was nothing they could do.[/p][p]Anthony passed away 2 days later when the life support system was switched off. We went home to my dad to tell him that his son had died. It’s hard to put into words how we were feeling, except to say that we felt detached from the reality of the situation. Despite the doctor saying in early February that my father only had 4 weeks left to live, he remained alive until the 8th May, 2013 - the day of my brothers funeral. I find this a truly powerful testament of the human spirit.[/p][p]An inquest followed and the coroner said it was ‘more likely than not’ that Anthony ‘would have survived’ if he’d been given prompt treatment. Since then, I’ve campaigned to ensure mistakes like this never happen again and it was taken all the way to the House of Commons. Sadly, this wasn’t a one off, as this Guardian article touched on when writing about my brother and the effects of government cut backs; [/p][p]https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/22/ambulance-delays-linked-to-35-deaths-in-past-five-years[/p][p]It’s taken me 5 years to make sense of it and it’s only now that I can take something positive from something negative and finally look at this photo again. It’s why I’m ready to run my first ever half marathon this year to honour my brother and to raise awareness of mental health issues and the fact that no one should have to suffer alone. [/p][p]Here’s an interview I did with Jeremy Vine about mental health on BBC Radio 2 on the 3rd April, 2018. It’s 36 mins 52 seconds in. [/p][p]https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09x822w#play[/p]
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Supporters


May 18, 2018

Anonymous

Well done John. Love Doreen, Peter and Gemma x

£30.00


Apr 30, 2018

Dave

Who'd have thought you had it in you! Well Done!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 14, 2018

Anonymous

Well done John and Nancy. Love from Sibby and Irene xx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 11, 2018

Sarah B

Well done John - great achievement and for fantastic charity and reason. x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 10, 2018

Che

Congrats what a star you are.

£10.00


Apr 9, 2018

Helen

Good work and great cause- thank you!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 9, 2018

RegC

Congratulations John, fantastic effort!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Apr 9, 2018

Phil and Anna

Well done John!

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Apr 8, 2018

Helen and Oz

Hope you enjoyed the run John. Well done for showing such courage and bravery. Sorry it took me ages to recognise you this morning!

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Apr 8, 2018

Hayley Toothill-Taylor

Huge well done on completing the Sheffield Half and for raising so much awareness in the process... x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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