Emotional day for mum and daughter

In memory: Danielle and Debbie Clare are running in memory of Bill Knowles
In memory: Danielle and Debbie Clare are running in memory of Bill Knowles
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A mum and daughter will mark Father’s Day this year by taking part in Preston’s Race for Life.

Debbie and Danielle Clare from Walton-le-Dale near Preston will take part in the 5k event in Moor Park in memory of Debbie’s dad Bill Knowles.

Bill, whose nick name was ‘Billy Dab’ died in 2012 following a battle with lung cancer.

Granddaughter Danielle took part in the huge charity event last year and this year she has convinced mum Debbie, 53, to sign up.

Danielle, 20, says her grandad was “amazing.”

She said: “He had such a massive personality. He was a lot of fun.

“He had been ill for a couple of years.”

Danielle added: “I did it last year, it was such an amazing experience, it not only raises money, it raises awareness.

“I think my grandad would be proud that I’m doing it for him.

“It’s the second year (since he died) and Father’s Day. It will be a day full of emotion.”

Danielle and Debbie, who both have office jobs in Preston, have been supported by their family in preparation for the charity event on June 15.

Danielle said on the day hearing other people’s reasons for running brings home just how many people are affected by cancer.

Bill was 71 when he died, he had five children and had been in the Armed Services.

Last year, 1,907 women took part in Race for Life in Moor Park and raised a fantastic £94,616.

This year, organisers need 1,900 women and girls to stride out to help raise £90,000.

To sponsor the pair visit: http://www.justgiving.com/billy-dab