PAULA RADCLIFFE has tragically revealed that her father Peter passed away yesterday in hospital.
The marathon world record holder took to social media to pay tribute to both her late dad and the NHS staff who looked after him.
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Paula Radcliffe has sadly confirmed that her beloved dad Peter has diedCredit: Instagram @paula_radcliffe
She wrote on Instagram: “Yesterday I lost the best dad anyone could ever wish for.
“The kindest, wisest, most patient and brave man who leaves behind so many people who loved him so much and whose lives he enriched. He and my mum gave us everything we ever needed and so much fun and love.
“He was always there for me and the guidance and outlook on life he gave me will ensure he is forever with me.
“Everyone who knew him was better off for it. Thank you Dad, you will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Love you forever.”
Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for him with such warmth and compassion
Radcliffe also expressed her gratitude to the staff at Salisbury hospital’s intensive ward, who are currently dealing with a number of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus.
She added: “Heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the wonderful doctors and nurses of Radnor ward Salisbury District hospital who cared for him with such warmth and compassion.
“And to all those selflessly working so hard to save lives everywhere.”
Radcliffe shared an online fundraising page for the Stars Appeal, which is aimed at aiding NHS heroes with equipment and treats as they battle the coronavirus crisis.
And the 2005 world champion runner also announced that she took part in last week’s ClapForOurCares.
The British athletics legend ended her career in 2015, but her ladies marathon record of 2:15:25, set in in London in 2003, still stands.
Despite having suffered from asthma as a child, Radcliffe took up running with her late father, who was a keen runner in his day, helping her overcome the condition to become a champion.
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Her praise for the NHS comes alongside legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who today expressed his delight at the health service getting some long overdue recognition.
The 78-year-old told United’s official website: “I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS as I experienced 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 British people have rallied round to help. Well done.”
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