Paula Radcliffe's father dies at Salisbury District Hospital

Paula Radcliffe's father dies at Salisbury District Hospital

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:44pm 9th April 2020. (Updated at 12:22pm 10th April 2020)

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The former World Champion marathon runner has paid tribute to the staff that looked after him.

Paula posted on her social media to announce that her Dad, Peter Radcliffe, passed away yesterday (Wednesday 8th April).

He was being cared for in the Radnor ward at Salisbury District Hospital.

The intensive care unit is currently dealing with a number of patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Entrance A - Accident and Emergency - A&E - Maternity (Mike Draper) (1)
Paula's dad Peter had been being looked after at SDH for more than a week

In an Instagram post, she paid an emotional tribute to Peter, describing him as:

"... 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 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. #myhero #nhsheroes"

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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 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. #myhero #nhsheroes

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Paula has been giving her thanks for the NHS staff at Salisbury District Hospital over the last week, while her dad was being cared for.

She shared an online fundraising page in support of the Stars Appeal, which is aimed at providing staff with equipment and treats while they're dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

The athlete also took part in last Thursday's #clapforourcarers campaign, and mentioned how she was particularly grateful for the SDH team:

PETER RADCLIFFE: WAS VALUED MEMBER OF LOCAL SCHOOLS

 

Peter Radcliffe was a former governor of The Trafalgar School in Downton, and had also served as a trustee of the Magna Learning Partnership.

In a statement, Sarah Busby, the Chief Executive at Magna Learning Partnership told Spire FM News:

"Everyone at Magna Learning Partnership is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Peter Radcliffe. Peter was a highly valued Trustee at MLP and former Vice Chair of Governors at The Trafalgar School.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family."

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