Family run half marathon in memory of their loved one

The family of Judith Pattison are running the Great North Run in her memory to say thank you to the QE Hospital’s Critical Care department for their outstanding care.

Judith lived with Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease, for 18 years, but sadly lost her battle on 8th January this year aged only 57. Judith passed away in the QE, as her father and mother had done 10 and eight years earlier.

Judith’s husband Phil, daughter Annabel and Annabel’s boyfriend Krys are all taking on the Great North Run on 8 September to raise money for the Critical Care Department and thank them for their care.

Phil said: “We really wanted to run and raise funds to support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, in particular the Critical Care Department, as a small expression of our thanks for their skill, care and compassion. The team in Critical Care go to great lengths to support people like Judith and family’s such as ours, day in and day out. Please help us raise funds to support such an amazing team.” 

Judith’s family have also set up a Facebook page to remember her called "Stones of Strength". It invites anyone to place stones painted with the words “Live Your Best Life” in a random act of kindness for others to find.

Phil added: “Stones of Strength gives others the opportunity to share Judith’s strength, stoicism and love. Judith had found such a stone herself a few months before she died and she was truly moved and uplifted by it. Over the past 8 months, Stones of Strength have been placed and found all over the world, with the last two unbelievably hidden in the distant shores of French Polynesia and Bali. Judith loved travel and would be thrilled and touched to know she is encouraging so many others to Live Their Best Life.”

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