‘We want to make our dad proud’

Emma and Heidi Vokes
Emma and Heidi Vokes

Two young Shiptonthorpe sisters are to cycle 10 miles in memory of their father who sadly passed away of a heart attack at the age of 44.

Emma, 14, and Heidi, 12, Vokes are both going to raise money for the British Heart Foundation after their father Nigel passed away unexpectedly following a heart attack in April 2014.

Emma and Heidi Vokes with their dad Nigel who sadly passed away following a heart attack in April 2014

Emma and Heidi Vokes with their dad Nigel who sadly passed away following a heart attack in April 2014

The girls, who attend Market Weighton secondary school, are to ride from Water Lane, Dunnington, to The Farmer’s Cart near Strensall and back to help raise awareness of heart attacks and to encourage the public to look after their health.

Emma said: “I knew a few people who were doing fundraising activities for school which made me think what I could do. I enjoy cycling so I thought it would be a good thing to do. I want to make my Dad proud of the both of us and raise as much as we can. We miss him so much. He was such a likeable man who had a great sense of humour. He could always make us laugh and that’s how I remember him. It has affected the whole family massively and we would like to raise awareness of any types of heart disease because nobody should have to suffer like we did.

The girls have set up an online fundraising page with more than £160 collected, smashing their initial £100 target.

Heidi said: “I miss my Dad so much. It has been very difficult, especially at first, and now we want to raise as much money as we can.

“Any donations would be highly appreciated and will go towards a charity very important to our family.”

Nigel, who worked at East Yorkshire Motor Services as a driver and fitter, got remarried to Sarah and they have two children Benjamin, 3, and one-year-old Jasmine.

The girls’ mother Samantha Fentiman, who will be joining them on the cycle ride, said: “I am very proud of them for arranging the cycle ride.

“It was obviously a hard time for us all. Nigel went to work one day like normal and just didn’t come home. The girls wanted to fight back and raise money, all off their own backs, for the British Heart Foundation to help raise awareness of heart attacks and to encourage people to look after their health.”

The girls will be taking to the saddle on Monday 17 August to raise the money setting off from Water Lane in Dunnington, where Nigel lived.

You can sponsor the girls for the cycle ride by going online to the fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Vokes.