A FORMER nurse consultant will run her first half-marathon in memory of a respected ex-colleague.
Dianne Lewis, 60, of Norland, was very close to Sharon Hall, a nurse consultant for older people, who died of cancer.
During Sharon’s illness they vowed to raise funds together for the Macmillan Cancer Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and in her final days Dianne promised her friend she would continue.
Sharon, of Sowerby Bridge, had only been at the health trust a short time and applied for the post – previously held by Dianne – after reading about Dianne’s work in a nursing journal.
Dianne, now semi-retired after 43 years of nursing, said: “Sharon was a brilliant nurse, very caring and she could be bossy in a nice way.
“Right to the end she was telling me to carry on the fund-raising without her and, of course, I have done that in her memory.”
She initially started running to lose weight and has previously run 10k races including the Jane Tomlinson Race in Leeds.
The Leeds Half-Marathon in May will be her furthest distance race.
She added: “A promise is a promise and even if I wanted to withdraw I would have Sharon’s famous phrase ‘I don’t think so’ ringing in my ear.
“This is for Sharon and her husband Kevin and we all miss her very much.”