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Family's £10,000 challenge for heart research
9:47am Tuesday 1st July 2014 in News
Five Bradford siblings are aiming to raise £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of their beloved parents - and two of them are doing a skydive to help boost the fund.
Sarah Kenny, Karen Ashworth, Ruth Hyde, Jackie Lightowler and John Gardner have organised a variety of events to help them reach their target in memory of their dad Frank Gardner and mum Wendy Lund.
And Sarah, 36, and Karen, 45, will up the ante by jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet on what would have been their mum's 66th birthday.
"My sister and I really wanted to do something different to honour our parents and raise funds to help the BHF continue its life-saving work," said Sarah. "We will be doing our skydive on August 17, which would have been mum’s 66th birthday.
"There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about and miss my parents. This is all in their memory. Hopefully by taking on this challenge we can help the BHF continue to improve the odds against heart disease and heart failure.
“We lost our father 13 years ago from a heart attack, when he was only 56 years old, and sadly mum died last February after battling heart failure for 12 years.
"Heart disease has had such a big impact on our family - our cousin lost her little girl at only a few months old, as she was born with a congenital heart condition.
“The BHF fund vital research and we really wanted to challenge ourselves and raise money so that we could help families like ours in the future."
The siblings' other fundraising events include a clothes weigh-in, a Full Monty evening in November, a children’s Christmas party in December, a Ruby Ball next February to coincide with BHF’s Ramp up the Red campaign, and an 80s disco night next May or June.
In October next year, intrepid Sarah hopes to tackle BHF's Great Wall of China Trek.
Money they raise will help fund research which could create a better future for many people - from babies born with heart defects, to the millions of adults affected by heart disease.
Beck Bayram, events project manager at BHF, said: "Skydiving is a fantastic way to do something unforgettable to commemorate a loved one and raise essential funds to help the BHF continue its research.
"We are so grateful to Sarah and Karen for taking on this challenge and aiming to raise such a fantastic amount."