This is Chloe, with her brothers Dan and Nic.

A few years ago, their dad Mick Flatt was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. This caused emphysema, which meant Mick found breathing incredibly difficult and placed a great deal of strain on his life.

Mick was put on Harefield Hospital’s waiting list for a double lung transplant in 2015, a decision he didn’t take lightly but made bravely as his condition worsened.

Despite receiving the double lung-transplant after a gruelling wait, Mick sadly lost his battle with this cruel disease in December 2016.

Chloe said: “Harefield really did everything they could. Unfortunately, he was just too poorly and his body far too weak to recover.

We will always miss Dad and we are left with a very big hole in our lives. He is an absolute inspiration to us all, his strength and determination to fight this horrible disease right up to end was amazing. Despite being so poorly, he carried on working and remained upbeat when clearly his body was under a great deal of pressure.”

Mick’s children, along with other family members and friends, decided to run the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money “for the hospital that tried so hard for Dad”. 

Chloe added: “We were particularly impressed by the Intensive Care Unit team – they were no short of amazing. Their hard work and dedication was inspirational. The nurses really went above and beyond to try and make Dad better again, while also being caring, informative and, most importantly, supportive to our family."

Team Flatt have raised an incredible £3,795 in Mick's memory, to help patients at Harefield. 

“Dad would have been thrilled to know how much money we have raised and we know that he would be looking down on us beaming with pride as we all crossed that finish line.”