25th Oct, 2016

Dad takes to Triple Run in memory of son

Evesham Editorial 3rd Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A BROADWAY dad had a Father’s Day to remember as he completed his tenth Triple Run in memory of his son.

Maurice Taylor was among more than a 1,000 runners to take part in the annual event, which aims to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice, on Sunday, June 21.

The 60-year-old’s son, Adam, was one of the first children through the doors of Acorns for the Three Counties on Bath Road when it opened a decade ago.

Staff at the Worcester-based charity had helped to care for Adam, who was born with congenital muscular dystrophy, before he passed away about four years ago, aged 26.

And Maurice said he was determined to generate funds for the hospice as he had taken part in the Triple Run since it launched ten years ago.

“Adam was such a positive person and really made the best of the situation,” he said.

“Acorns gave him great independence and allowed him to get on with life. It’s a great cause and my way of saying thank you for the work Acorns does.

He added: “There was a great atmosphere on the day and it felt extra special to know that I was taking part in my tenth event.

“It’s fantastic to have so many people cheering you on to give you that extra push past the finish line.”

The event saw people of all ages and abilities descend on the Three Counties Showground in Malvern where they got involved in a 1km fun-run, 5km woodland trail and the Malvern Half Marathon.

Laura Heathfield, events manager at Acorns, said: “We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the event, Western Power Distribution who generously sponsored it and those who worked so hard to make it such a special day.

“It was fantastic to see so much support as we celebrated ten years.

“The Triple Run is crucial to help raise the funds Acorns needs to provide the care and support families rely on.

“I want to remind people to chase up those last few pennies and get their sponsorship in as soon as possible, it all makes such a big difference.”

In the last ten years the Triple Run has seen more than 10,000 people take part and raise about £350,000 for the hospice.