A brother and sister from Hartford are teaming up together to conquer our forthcoming Kapow event where they will fundraise in memory of their popular father.

Ryan Cooksley, 25, and Martine Dawber, 31, lost their father Chris Cooksley to cancer twelve years ago are they are determined to give something back to St Luke’s where he was cared for during his final days.

“We would like to thank St Luke’s Hospice for caring and being there for our dad when he was terminally ill and for the comfort and kindness they showed us after he passed and helping us to deal with the grief of losing our father at a young age,” – Martine Dawber

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about dad. My wedding day was certainly no exception. But as my brother walked me down the aisle, I knew he was with us and proud of how far we have come together. St Luke’s gave us hope and support, which brought us together through the most difficult time.”

Martine with Ryan on her wedding day recently

She admits however that neither her or her brother inherited their father’s sporty gene so attempting to run a marathon in his memory has never been an option, but the latest thrill seeking event organised by the Hospice is a fitting challenge.

“We did inherit his daft sense of humour which is why the Kapow event is just the perfect way for us to raise money as it would have been right up his street! We will be dressing up at Batman and Batgirl on the day; our dad was a huge Batman fan so it seems only appropriate that we embrace the option of fancy dress and go all out!”

About Kapow!

Kapow is a short distance run with a difference and is being held on Sunday 1st October at South Cheshire College. It is perfect for families with children over 4ft, work colleagues, team building and groups of friends to challenge themselves.

For more information and to register your place, please visit the event page.

If you would like to sponsor Martine and Ryan, please visit their JustGiving page.