Family run together to support top cause

Shirley and Philip Hopcroft with granddaughter Katie.
Shirley and Philip Hopcroft with granddaughter Katie.

Hitting the asphalt for the Forfar 10k run are a Kirkcaldy family which has joined together to raise money to help improve the comfort of patients in Victoria Hospital.

Philip Hopcroft. who is battling leukaemia after a routine blood test led to the shock diagnosis in May, has been receiving treatment in ward 34 of the Kirkcaldy hospital.

Philip’s son Greig Hopcroft said: “Myself and fiancée Charlene, brother Blair and his wife Laura, cousins Stephen and Julie plus cousin Paul and his wife Amanda are all taking part in the 10k run on Sunday.

“My dad is 56. He lived a normal life, was an office manager, working full-time with no health concerns. Then the next thing we know he is in hospital.

“My daughter Katie was only four weeks old when he was first taken into hospital. The family went from the most special moment at the top to the very bottom in one fell swoop.”

With only a smattering of running experience between the group, the physical challenge is a real one and has garnered significant support raising £4000 so far.

Despite the best efforts of the staff on ward 34, where Philip is being treated, the Hopcrofts discovered there were not enough comfortable reclining chairs for all the rooms on the ward.

“Dad had managed to get one of the four reclining chairs shared between the 16 rooms. He hoped to raise a bit of money to try and buy one or two more at a cost of £800 each, but with the total so far we could get a lot more than we had originally hoped,” explained Greig. “Any money raised for the ward is spent on it and goes towards getting the kinds of things that make a patient’s stay just a little more comfortable such as good quality fans and TVs.”

After discovering that the nurses took it upon themselves to raise money to donate items to the ward, Philip and family decided to get involved in the fundraising effort,

Greig said: “All of the staff have been absolutely incredible, taking excellent care of both dad and my mum, Shirley.

“They have taken care of everything and it has always been accompanied by a smile and a much welcomed blether.

“My dad has been overwhelmed by the whole thing and tried to personally thank everyone who has supported the cause.”

Furthering their chances to add to the charity funds Team Hopcroft has arranged to take over the raffle at Stark’s Park during the Raith Rovers versus Alloa Athletic match on Saturday.

Prizes for the raffle include a Raith Rovers shirt signed by the current team, signed footballs as well as vouchers for local businesses.

Visit The Hopcrofts to donate.