Family’s 10k challenge raises £3,000 in memory of Gary

9th November 2016


The family and friends of a Scarborough man have raised more than £3,000 for SWR Mind in his memory by taking on the challenge of a 10k road race through the town.

Gary Sheffield (52) died earlier this year two days after going missing from his home.

A keen runner himself, Gary volunteered over many years in care services where he gained great satisfaction from supporting children and adults with a range of disabilities and mental health problems.

Gary himself suffered from anxiety and depression and on 1 April this year, left his home to find some comfort and solitude which his family say was his way of coping.

Sadly, he did not return as having been out a couple of hours he became dehydrated and fell into a coma as a result of an undiagnosed diabetic condition. He never recovered.

In Gary’s memory, on Sunday 30 October, members of Gary’s family and friends ran the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k Road Race on his behalf in order to keep up his attendance record and make him proud.

His brother Alan Sheffield said: “Gary was a kind, gentle, caring, intelligent, charitable and funny individual. He would always find humour in every experience and was always willing to laugh at himself instead of others.

"He was physically active and would love nothing more than getting on his push bike and going for a ride over through Dalby Forest and further out onto the North Yorkshire Moors.

"He was proud to have participated in every Scarborough 10k since it inception."

Chief Executive of SWR Mind Sophie Hall said: “The family and friends of Gary Sheffield came out in force at the Scarborough 10k in his memory.

“They are a truly remarkable family and it was clearly an emotional day for them all. They can be sure they all did Gary proud and all of SWR Mind staff, volunteers and service users are so grateful for the phenomenal amount they have raised for us.

“Well done all of you, we hope you all recover well and most of all, thank you."

To donate visit the family's Just Giving page at