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Daughters unite to honour Andy; RACE ALLOWS FAMILY TO CHANNEL GRIEF INTO HELPING OTHERS.

FIVE sisters who were mourning the loss of their father decided to channel their heartache in order to help others.

Andy Andrews died of a heart attack in June at the age of 75. Although he had suffered from heart disease for some time, his death still came as a huge shock to his wife, Thelma, from Caldwell, and their five daughters.

One of his daughters, Ruth Curley, had signed up for the Race for Life run, at Victoria Park, in Leicester, on Sunday, July 30, to raise money for breast cancer

She was going to pull out, but then her sister, Julie Faries, said she would run too, and they could do it in honour of their father.

Pauline Melling, another sister, said: "The two of them decided to do it, then my two daughters, Eve King and Terasa Waters also joined up.

"Two friends of Ruth, Sharon Payne and Anne Turner, said they would take part too. They all ran in memory of someone they knew who had survived cancer, and also to commemorate our dad's life.

"When he died it was a massive shock, and we felt we had to do something to pull together," Pauline said.

"Me, my mum and the two remaining sisters, Elaine Harrold and Teresa Taylor, helped by getting sponsorship and collecting money.

"The people around Caldwell were particularly generous and we managed to raise pounds 1,000, including money instead of flowers from the funeral.

"We turned the day into a family trip, and had a barbecue and cheered the girls on.

"It was a very emotional day. There was a happy atmosphere, although people were crossing the finishing line in tears thinking of the people they knew fighting the disease.

"I'm sure my dad would have been very proud."
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Author:Ray, Emma
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 14, 2000
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