Mother and son raise more than £2,000 for cancer charity after taking on triathlon

Bonk and Dan Tasker, from Bury St Edmunds, raised more than �2,000 for charity DKMS by taking part in the London Triathlon in memory of family friend Nick Davis. ANL-160817-110833001
Bonk and Dan Tasker, from Bury St Edmunds, raised more than �2,000 for charity DKMS by taking part in the London Triathlon in memory of family friend Nick Davis. ANL-160817-110833001
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A mother and son raised more than £2,000 for a cancer charity after completing a gruelling triathlon in memory of a close friend.

Bonk and Dan Tasker, from Bury St Edmunds, swam, cycled and ran more than 32 miles in the London Triathlon in aid of blood stem cell donor recruitment charity DKMS.

It was in memory of long time family friend Nick Davis, who died last Novemeber following a two year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mrs Tasker, 52, is well known in the town for her fund-raising for Suffolk Breast Cancer Now and it was the first time she and her son, 22, have taken on a triathlon.

She had known Mr Davis, a father-of-two from Bristol, for about 30 years.

She said: “Nick was awesome and also incredibly brave and humbling in his battle with this dreadful disease.

“We have Nick’s photo on our fridge and evety day we smile with him - he had an enormous and mischievous love for life together with the ability to make us all join in his adventures. He was a one off and has left a huge hole in all our lives and we miss him.

“Dan always wanted to do something as a tribute to Nick and to raise some money for a charity close to his heart. The charity was easy to choose - DKMS support research into this awful kind of cancer.”

The charity works to register lifesaving blood stem cell donors and aims to improve blood cancer therapies via its own research.

Shadia Hameed, DKMS community fund-raising manager, said: “It’s wonderful, and so impressive, that Bonk and Dan took part in the triathlon. Not only did they raise valuable funds for the charity, they helped to raise awareness of the importance of registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. It is a lovely way to pay tribute to their late friend.”

Visit www.dkms.org.uk