TWO brothers from Bassenthwaite are organising a fundraising event in honour of their father, Martyn Mawson, who was tragically killed last year.

Martyn, 52, a beef and sheep farmer of High Side Farm, Bassenthwaite, died after a quad bike accident in May, 2020.

James and Edward Mawson have organised the event in memory of their late father.

The Martyn Mawson Memorial Day will be held on Sunday, October 10, at the Keswick Rugby Club.

The day will raise money for four charities all close to the Mawson family: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, The Great North Air Ambulance Service, Alzheimer’s Society and Prostate Cancer UK.

Talking about why they decided to organise the fun day, James said: “We wanted to organise something that would bring everyone together that couldn’t attend the funeral and wanted to show their respects to our dad, whilst at the same time raising some money for charity. This is a day of celebration of our dad’s life, and we would like as many people as possible to come out and join us, and have a drink in memory of him.”

The brothers believe that the memorial day will be a great way to remember their dad.

The day will start with a half-marathon — open to all — followed by a rugby game with Keswick v Cockermouth playing, a raffle and auction and live music.

In the two weeks running up to event, James will be running 15 half-marathons in 15 days to help with the fundraising. He said: “Our dad always loved going to parties and entertaining people, so this is just something that sums up what my dad was like and loved — all of his friends together in one place having a good time.”

The day will start at 12pm.