A devoted family spent a week enduring physical activities in memory of a family member and to raise vital funds for a Hospice.

The Cohen family completed a whole host of fundraising challenges in one week in memory of their beloved Alan Rustin from Stanmore who died aged 74.

They were also raising money for St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton Road, Kenton who cared for Alan during his illness.

The family cycled, swam, run, climbed and played netball to help raise a magnificent £8,782 for the hospice.

The family first completed the Virgin London Triathlon on August 2, played a fundraising netball match on August 4, and climbed the four man-made hills at Northala Fields on the A40 on August 10.

Alan’s daughter, Melanie Cohen, 40, of Bounds Green, London said: "On July 18 my dad passed away, in his loving memory the big and small Cohen's challenged themselves to the max to raise money for St Luke's Hospice."

Alan had been living with end-stage heart failure for the last few years. He had repeatedly defied medics and cardiologists and whilst his prognosis was bleak, his positive attitude and will to live remained steadfast.

Melanie Cohen with her medal after completing the triathlon.
 

She added: "The ripple effect of his deteriorating health was felt throughout our family and had a devastating impact on his main carer, our mum. St Luke's had been there throughout our roller-coaster journey to provide support, care and respite at every twist and turn.

"We set ourselves tough physical challenges and completed them in one crazy week in August because St Luke's had provided such loving care to my dad and much needed breaks to my mum over the years, that we felt it is time to give something back."

Alan was a great sportsman in his youth and took a huge amount of pride in his children's sporting events, he unfortunately passed away two weeks before, his daughter, Melanie crossed the finish line in her tirathlon.

She said: "He loved that I was training for the triathlon and was so excited that the kids were going to be involved too. I did the triathlon with my friend, Rachel. My dad would have been so proud to have seen my medal, sadly he passed away two weeks before I crossed the finishing line."

If you would like to donate towards the Cohen’s family’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.justgiving.com/Cohens4StLukesHospice.

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