I am absolutely devastated to have lost my Dad, he was only 58 on the day of his passing. However, this last year of grief and torment has taught me some life lessons; to live my life to the fullest, to seize opportunities and to be grateful for everything you have. If it weren't for the care of Harefield, I could have potentially lost my Dad far sooner and I will always be grateful that he managed to shine a light into our lives' for as long as he did. By raising money, this will help to fund the life saving research and care for patients affected by heart and lung problems. If by raising money, someone else gets to hold onto their loved one for a little while longer, that would make me really happy. No one deserves to lose their loved ones so soon, and I hope by raising money we can stop this from happening.

I am running under the support of The Heart of West London. Everyone who knew my Dad, knew he was the number one Bee, the world's biggest Brentford fan, the fact that Brentford are now working in collaboration with Royal Brompton and Harefield would have had him feeling euphoric. There are only a few times in my life I saw my Dad cry, the day before he died, the day I sang a solo in a show and the day I finished a 1/2 marathon. Just when I was ready to give up at the bottom of a massive hill, above everything I could hear my dad shouting 'come on Sophie Alice', since his passing I want to continue running 1/2 marathons to keep that memory alive.

If you've made it this far, thank you! Your support means the world to me, and even a £1 will mean the world to those you help. I will be running the Richmond 1/2 on June 25th in my Brentford shirt and I hope to see and hear you cheering me on.

Soph xx Sophie Cox