Thursday 23 March 2017

Motivated to run

Tom Cossham2

Dr Tom Cossham from Sheffield has been inspired to run this year’s London Marathon for Emmaus Sheffield in memory of his mother who died last year of a brain tumour.

Tom's mother Hilary volunteered at Emmaus Sheffield prior to her death so he wants to give back to the charity that gave his mother so much joy. So far, Tom has raised a brilliant £1,400 for the homelessness charity based near Victoria Quays, but still needs to raise another £2,100 to reach his target.

Local GP Tom recently visited the Emmaus community:

The reason I chose Emmaus Sheffield was that my lovely mother volunteered at the community for eight years before she passed away last September from a brain tumour. She moved to Sheffield from Weston-Super-Mare and found the community at Emmaus vibrant and fun. She made good friends there and loved the supportive atmosphere."

As part of his visit to the community, Tom caught up with staff and companions, many of whom met Hilary and remembered her fondly:

It was my first visit to the community since my mum died. Since then I have been feeling more and more excited about the marathon and I now can’t wait till race day. Although I have done two marathons previously, neither has had anywhere near the support or the landscape of London. Bring it on!"

Charley Fedorenko, Deputy Community Manager at Emmaus Sheffield said:

Hilary was one of our longest serving and most loved volunteers. She was a real character and was greatly respected by staff and companions alike due to her straight talking no nonsense attitude and heart of gold. I think Hilary would be very proud of Tom running and raising funds for us, carrying on her good work for the homeless men and women Emmaus Sheffield supports. It is lovely that her son is following in her footsteps and we are extremely grateful for all the support that the Cossham family has shown us over the years."

Tom Cossham will be running the London Marathon on 23rd April 2017. To sponsor him and support the work of Emmaus Sheffield, please visit