Introducing Steve Hope, who is the amazing man running 10km a month for our newly launched charity, Babble Giving and the MacMillan Cancer Support in 2019
Steve, 35, who works at Leeds City College decided to take on the challenge as both charities are close to his heart.
Steve said: “I have chosen these two charities that mean a lot to me; Babble Giving as my wife and I have been going through IVF. The fertility support at Yorkshire Fertility and the work that IVF babble doing is great at promoting awareness and making you feel less alone. I think this is a key message as when you first start I know my wife and I felt as if we were the only people going through it. I want people to know this is simply not the case and you are not alone.
“I chose MacMillan Cancer Support as the disease has such an effect on so many people I love. The work cancer charities do in prevention, treatment and support is one which I think is a great one and I just want to do my bit.”
As part of the challenge, Steve will be running the Leeds Half Marathon in May and also the Lochness Marathon on October. But his first race is the Sir Titus Trot along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on January 5.
Steve said he is trying to be as positive as he can with his life, despite fertility issues and having two people close to him battling cancer
He said: “A close friend and a family member have been battling cancer while I have been going through the IVF journey and I would say I am getting my head down and cracking on. I am trying to be the most positive person I can be for my friends and my wife too. It is most certainly a rollercoaster and nothing prepares you for the journey.
“My dad is my inspiration for a lot of things and one thing he says is there is always someone worse off and so dust yourself down and get on with it.”
Steve said he had been thinking about a challenge for some time and thought there is no time like the present
He said: “I had been toying with the idea of doing something and just thought no time like now. I will post my progress and next race on my social media pages (Twitter and Instagram).”
Steve has previously completed the three peaks challenge and is no stranger to a challenge.
He said: “I have completed the three peaks before but that was in my fitter days in my early 20s. I also ran the Great North run a few years back as motivation for my recovery from a second knee surgery.”
We want to thank Steve for supporting Babble Giving, if you would like to raise money to help us give grants to people for IVF treatment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate and support Steve on his quest, visit his justgiving page, www.justgiving.com/teams/stevenhope2019.
You can also follow his journey on instagram, stevenhope1983