Twins’ marathon fundraising effort

Alan Rasberry
Alan Rasberry

Twins will embark on a marathon effort to raise money in their uncle’s memory.

Gavin Caney, 25, will swim, cycle and run his way across 52 miles as part of a triathlon after Alan Rasberry died, aged 52, of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday June 19.

Gavin Caney and Kelly King

Gavin Caney and Kelly King

His sister, Kelly King, will join him for the last part - a 14.7-run - to also help fundraise for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Mr Caney, a sports reporter who works in King’s Lynn, said: “From the horrible moment that Alan was diagnosed, up until the moment he died, he was a true inspiration. I’ve written a lot about bravery and courage in my role as a sports journalist but now I know what those words truly mean.

“Alan was a beacon of strength and expressed a clear desire to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and create a legacy in his name.”

Mr Caney decided to take on the challenge after missing a fundraising event organised by Mr Rasberry’s family and friends at which more than £6,000 was raised.

Mr Rasberry designed the route for the run which will go by family houses, past and present, as well as the schools he attended before ending at the home he shared with his wife, Lindsey, in King’s Lynn.

Mr Caney said: “He thought the triathlon was a great idea, especially the personalised run route, and while it’s terribly sad that he won’t be able to greet us when we finish we know he’s looking down on us with a smile. After he died, I thought I’d find it harder to motivate myself to continue with my training.

“But if anything it’s made me doubly determined to raise more money.”

Mr Rasberry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 13 and just four days later was told there was nothing that could be done.

Mrs King, a nurse at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has extra motivation for the run as her husband Jake’s grandfather was also recently diagnosed with the same condition.

She said: “Some people have said we haven’t given ourselves enough time to train, but it’s not about the time we do it in, it’s just about completing it.

“It’s a cause close to my heart, my family’s heart, my husband’s family’s heart, and to all those many families that have been affected by cancer.

“Alan was really brave and I’ll always be really proud of him, Lindsey, and how his and their family came together to care for him.

“I’m really proud of my brother too. He is the amazing one for doing the complete course.”

The pair will undertake their challenge on Saturday (July 6).

To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/gavin-caney