My Dad, Alan Woodburn


Total raised:


(offline: £725.00)

With Gift Aid: £4,719.41

Target: £3,000.00

Page created by
Lorna Woodburn on 19/07/2016

My Dad, Alan Woodburn

How would you describe them?

“An amazing Dad and a pretty darn good husband to! A friend to many with a kind big heart. Generous, loving, kind and a little sarcastic at times :)”

What did they love most?

“Clearly his family however football, football, football also played a big part”

What will you remember most about them?

“I will remember our amazing family holidays, the argument we had when he was trying to teach me to drive, the endless advice he would give me and most of all the silly text messages he would send me. My Dad was a true fighter! He had an 11 year battle, throughout this battle he worked hard and provided for his family. Truly inspiring.”

Thank you for visiting my Gift of Hope fund.
I lost my Dad in December 2015; he had been in and out of hospital for the last 10 years however last year he was in hospital more than not.
In November, the doctors asked to see the family and then the dreaded news that no-one ever wants to hear was said out loud. The doctors words ‘I am really sorry there is nothing more that we can do’ still breaks my heart however I had to be brave for my Dad and my Mum and Brother so I asked to speak to the doctor outside, I needed to know how long we had as a family, in my head the TV always said 6 months so I was expecting that, what he then said just broke me …. 4 weeks!!! How am I meant to create those memories and do some fun stuff in 4 weeks?
The aim from that moment on was to get my Dad home and keep him there as that is where he wanted to be. I am not going to lie, it was really challenging at times, and as a family we got stronger and stronger and made sure that Dad was as comfortable as possible.
On the 15th December my Dad passed away peacefully.
I never did get to do the fun stuff with him when we brought him home but what I did get was some precious moments with my Dad that I will cherish forever. Dad never really did cuddles but he did in those 4 weeks and we just chatted, I am so grateful to have had those 4 weeks with him.
I have decided that I will do one big thing each year in memory of my Dad and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation to continue the research projects. The doctors have never been able to diagnose my Dad’s condition however the BHF continue to test his blood every time there is a research breakthrough.
2016 was the first year of fundraising and I hosted a golf day for 50 golfers and then a meal for 100 people.
2017 is by far the biggest challenge I will probably ever face … the London Marathon, I am not a runner, in fact I really dislike running however I got a place so the training began. On Sunday 12th March I completed my first ever half marathon and I am still shocked that I finished it but I did and now the training will continue until the big day!!! Eeeeekkk One thing I do know is that my Daddy will be laughing his head off at the fact that I am running!!
Let see what 2018 brings!!
The British Heart Foundation is leading the fight against heart disease and they rely upon their supporters to help them continue their vital and ground-breaking research. This special fund has been set up to raise money in support of their essential work. If you are a UK taxpayer you can add 25% to your donation at no extra cost to you by simply ticking the Gift Aid box when you donate.
We couldn't stop what happened to my Dad; but with the research that the British Heart Foundation do, we can stop other families going through it.
Thank you
Donations 82

David & Trish


Sandy Verdon



Well done Lorna, Woody would be very proud of you. Fantastic Course



Apologies its late... And well done xx


The Maddox

Good luck tomorrow Lorna, your dad would have been so proud of you. Lots of love xxx


Hayley Watts

So impressed that you managed to run the marathon. Inspiring!


Valma Ramkali

Well done Blondie.. Papa smurf will be so proud of you.. a job well done and a great course X x x


Claire Penfold

Well done Lorna. Your Dad was running every step with you!


Caraline Money

Amazing cause, good luck!!!!!!!!!!


Carol and Colin

Good Luck - very proud of you. Thinking of you today. Hope the jelly babies do the trick

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Mile 24.5 at the London marathon

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The lovely Ella & Grandad