Relative of 1D’s Louis Tomlinson is on track for charity

Sally Deakin
Sally Deakin

A relative of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is set to pound the streets for local children’s hospice Bluebell Wood.

Sally Deakin of Bessacarr will be taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon in April to aid the North-Anston based hospice where Louis acts as patron.

The 29-year-old social worker is the sister of Louis’ mum’s fiancé, Dan Deakin.

Sally started running in autumn 2012 with Footmark Running Club and has participated in a 10k race, which has given her inspiration to run even further.

The Sheffield Half will be a real challenge but she has been hard at work training with her club up to three times a week in preparation.

Sally will join thousands of other runners for the city’s oldest race as they take to the streets on Sunday, April 6, to complete the 13.1 mile route.

When asked why she was taking on such a challenge Sally said: “I’m passionate about children and young people and became aware of the fabulous service Bluebell Wood provides to children and their families, when Louis became a patron.

“To be able to support them and make a difference through this run is incredible and will spur me on round the run.

“This will also be an amazing achievement for me personally and I would encourage anyone thinking about running the race to get out there and do it for Bluebell Wood.”

Gail Parkin, fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “I’d like to thank Sally for taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon in aid of Bluebell Wood.

“As we receive less than five per cent statutory funding we really rely on the support of local people like Sally to allow us to continue offering our services to children with a shortened life expectancy.

“We still have some places available so I would encourage any local runners to sign up and run for Bluebell Wood.”

Louis will be raising more cash for Bluebell Wood when he plays for Doncaster Rovers in a fundraising reserve game on February 26.