Brother and sister’s triathlon in memory of Lynn

Jack and Katie Higgins

Jack and Katie Higgins

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Two determined siblings took on a triathlon in memory of their mum.

Katie and Jack Higgins raised £3,315 for Pendleside Hospice as a tribute to their mum Lynn Higgins, who received care there until she died on January 7th this year.

Katie took part in the Pendle Triathlon and Jack tackled the Southport Triathlon.

Katie, who works for the emergency services, completed a 750m. swim, followed by a 20km. bike ride around Pendle and finished with a 5km. run.

She said: “Jack and I wanted to give something back to Pendleside as it provided great care for our brave mum throughout her second battle with cancer, which she sadly lost at the age of 62.

“Hospice staff not only provided my mum with affection and much needed laughs, they also fed and housed us for a week in her final days, so we could spend it how she wanted, by her side.

“The support, reassurance and personal relationships built in that week made the most awful experience more manageable. I cannot put a price on the gratitude I feel.”

Jack, who teaches in Colne but has just been signed by York City Football Club, also took on a triathlon which consisted of a 1,600m. swim in Southport Marina followed by a 40km. bike ride and 10km. run.

He said: “The strength mum showed and ability to smile in the face of adversity will live with me forever and continually make me proud. She couldn’t have done this without the love, care and attention of Pendleside staff.”