Michaela’s pain raises Lakelands funds in memory of dad

Michaela, top left, taking part in the Pain and Suffering event
Michaela, top left, taking part in the Pain and Suffering event

Hospice patients will enjoy a day of care and support after Michaela Santoro endured a gruelling assault course in memory of her dad.

Michaela, 29, of Savernake Drive, Little Stanion, took part in the recent Pain and Suffering event at Rockingham Castle and raised £1,200.



She has donated the money to Lakelands Hospice’s new Pay for a Day scheme and Wednesday, July 31, her dad Geoff Smith’s birthday, was her dedicated day.

Mr Smith, of Barton Seagrave, died in January, aged 63.

In 2010 he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and after a year his condition deteriorated and his wife Gloria became his main carer.

Michaela said: “Dad was always an active man, but as he was able to do less and less, he started going to Lakelands Hospice twice a week.

“He was well cared for there and he built up some great friendships with both staff and other patients.”

Michaela, who works for Northamptonshire NHS Foundation Trust, took part in the Pain and Suffering event as part of a team.

She said: “I’d never run before in my life but for the people of Lakelands, I could put myself through a bit of pain and suffering.

“To raise £1,200 by doing it was the icing on the cake and this is near enough the amount needed for the hospice to provide excellent services for a day.

“If that money can help make a difference to just one person, then I’m happy.”

Sponsoring a day of care at the hospice costs £1,300 and people can select their special day.

To find out more about the Pay for a Day scheme email jodie@lakelandshospice.org.uk or call 01536 747755.