A family is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the life of a north Cumbrian farmer whose life was cut short by a tragic accident last year.
Martyn Mawson, 52, a beef and sheep farmer of High Side Farm at the foot of Skiddaw, died in a quad bike accident on his farm in May 2020.
Next month Martyn’s sons James and Edward are holding a charity day in their dad’s memory. The event, at Keswick Rugby Club, will include a match between Keswick and Cockermouth, a raffle and auction, live music and a hog roast.
There will also be a half marathon, open to all – and in the two weeks running up to the big day on October 10 James will be getting into shape by running 15 half marathons in as many days.
All money raised on the day, and by a donations page set up by the two brothers, will be split between the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, the Great North Air Ambulance Service, the Alzheimer’s Society and Prostate Cancer UK.
“We’d love for everyone to come and show their support and have a drink in memory of our dad, as he would have liked,” said James.
“And of course, donate and raise as much money as possible! All money raised is for charities which have helped my family and are close to our hearts.
“If anyone would like to get involved and either run or bike any of the half marathons, play in the charity rugby game or donate a prize for the raffle/ auction, we would be very grateful.
“We’ve announced it a couple of months in advance to allow people to organise travel, book accommodation or to get training for the rugby or a half marathon!”
So far more than £3,400 of the target of £5,000 has been raised online. The page can be found at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesMawson99