Even one lap of a running track used to be a struggle for Thomas, 19, who ran 5k in the Sale Sizzler at Wythenshawe Park.
He was joined by mum Lucinda, brother Daniel and sister Isabelle, with dad David cheering them on. Thomas raised an amazing £721 for St Ann’s.
Thomas may now switch his sights to a 10k event next year.
The race was a huge achievement for Thomas who pretty much hated running and couldn't go far without stopping. I think he's now found his inner runner and really likes it. He's always been very fit and enjoyed any exercise involving the gym, as well as swimming, tennis and football, but during lockdown all those things stopped because he was shielding. His life had become very small and he was stuck in the house, so it was good to get out again and do something. The rest of us run and it's something Thomas can now do with his family. As consultants at Salford Royal Hospital, we have patients who go to St Ann's for end-of-life care and medics who train there, so I've been aware of the hospice for a long time, but had never been for a visit until we presented the cheque. Lucinda New, Thomas's Mum
Huge thanks to Thomas and his family for taking on this brilliant challenge to raise money for the hospice. We’re so grateful. The support of our local community is so important and helps us raise the £20,000 we need each day to keep providing our services. We can’t thank Thomas enough and everyone who organises a run, bucket collection or event in their community to raise money for the hospice. Rachel McMillan, Chief Executive of St Ann's Hospice