Sisters use pedal power to raise £620

Emma and Heidi Vokes.
Emma and Heidi Vokes.

Two young Shiptonthorpe sisters have raised more than £600 cycling 10 miles in memory of their father who sadly died last year.

Emma, 14, and Heidi, 12, Vokes cycled with their mother, Samantha Fentiman, step-brother and step-mother from Dunnington to The Farmer’s Cart near Strensall and back for the British Heart Foundation to help raise awareness of heart attacks and to encourage the public to look after their health.

This comes after their father Nigel Vokes passed away in April 2014 following a heart attack at the age of 44.

Heidi said: “The cycle ride went really well. It was nice weather and we spent the whole time singing away. We are really pleased to have raised so much money and I think our dad would be proud of us.”

The girls, who attend The Market Weighton School, smashed their initial target of £200 by raising around £620 as it stands.

Mother Samantha said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and exceeding all our expectations. A big thanks also goes to York Pullman bus company, where Nigel worked at the tie of his death, and its staff for their fantastic support.

“I am incredibly proud of the girls and it is still quite unbelievable that they managed to do it themselves. I feel like the sun shining down on us on the day was Nigel looking out for us. He would have been so proud of them.”

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