PAULA RADCLIFFE tragically revealed that her father Peter died yesterday in the hospital.
The marathon world record holder went to social media to pay tribute to both her late father and the NHS staff who cared for him.
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She wrote on Instagram, “Yesterday I lost the best father you could want.
“The kindest, wisest, most patient and most courageous man who leaves behind so many people who loved him so much and whose life he enriched. He and my mom gave us everything we needed and so much fun and love.
“He has always been there for me and the advice and outlook on life he has given me will assure that he will always be with me.
“Everyone who knew him was better for that. Thank you dad, you will always be in our hearts and our thoughts. I love you forever. “
Sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for him with such warmth and compassion
Radcliffe also expressed his gratitude to the intensive care staff at Salisbury Hospital, who are currently caring for a number of patients whose coronavirus has tested positive.
She added, “Sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Salisbury District Hospital in Radnor who cared for him with such warmth and compassion.
“And to all those who devote themselves so hard to save lives everywhere. “
Radcliffe shared an online fundraising page for the Stars Appeal, which aims to help NHS heroes with gear and treats as they fight the coronavirus crisis.
And the 2005 world champion runner also announced that she participated in ClapForOurCares last week.
British athletics legend ended her career in 2015, but her 2:15:25 pm women’s marathon record, set in London in 2003, is still current.
Although she suffered from asthma as a child, Radcliffe started running with her late father, who was an avid runner of her time, helping her overcome the condition to become a champion.
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His praise for the NHS comes alongside legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who today expressed his joy that the health service has long been recognized.
The 78-year-old told the official United website: “I am delighted that we are now recognizing the importance of our NHS as I experienced it two years ago after they saved my life.
“The response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the people of Britain have come together to help. Well done. “