A father and son’s moving tribute to his mother who helped struggling children in Hull


A father and son duo will take on a mammoth rock climbing challenge in memory of their beloved mother who tragically passed away from cervical cancer.

Chris Davis, 50, and his son Ben, 19, will take up the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Dove House Hospice, which supported the family when Chris’ mother Joy Davis died of cancer in 2012. Joy ran the Kingston Kayak Club for many years. years, helping many underprivileged children across the city.

Chris said: “She’s been a really big influence on paddling in this area. She basically ran the Kingston Kayak Club for many years and did a lot of work for underprivileged kids and got them into paddling. We’ve started paddling when I was 12 and my brother who is a year older was 12 or 13 just in summer school then we went to the Kingston Kayak Club and they became a big part of our lives.

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Joy also took part in the international canoe polo competition held annually at Princes Quay. The tournament was renamed Joy Davis International in 2012, the year of his death.

Chris and Ben will complete the gigantic challenge of the Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough mountains within twelve hours on April 30. Chris said: “Three generations of the family have climbed Snowdon to raise money for Target Ovarian. which my mum had.

Father and son duo Chris and Ben Davis at the top of Whernside, one of three Yorkshire Peaks they aim to conquer in twelve hours at the end of April.

“Then this year it coincides with my 50th birthday and my son challenged me to do one mountain a month. It’s been ten years since I lost my mother and he lost his grandmother and I suggested to him, we do these mountains monthly, why not do something in memory of your grandmother?”

Pen-y-Ghent is 694m, while Ingleborough is 723m and Whernside is the highest peak in the challenge at 736m. For the month-long mountain goal, the couple actually attempted to climb Pen-y-Ghent in January but had to scrap the plan due to bad weather.

Chris said: “We had to give up on the summit. The wind was so strong – I think it was actually 80 mph winds. We actually couldn’t get up, we had to crawl up the along the way.”

Chris spoke passionately about Dove House Hospice, for whom the duo hope to raise £500 by taking up the Three Peaks Challenge. He said: “The things that Dove House does are fantastic, mum had three days where she went for some sort of respite care. But she was adamant that when she died she wanted to move on. home, so those three days was kind of like putting on his pain meds and squared everything.

“It’s not just respite and end-of-life care that Dove House operates on, it’s what happens after that point.” Family members received free counseling to help them through grief and there was also hypnotherapy and aromatherapy.

Chris said Dove House also came out in the last months of his mother’s life to help manage pain management treatment for her, with Macmillan nurses administering it. “I can’t sing their praises high enough, to be honest they were brilliant,” Chris said.

With accommodation booked, Ben and Chris are forced to try and complete the challenge on April 30 and hope the weather will be favorable for their attempt. To learn more about the duo’s fundraising for Dove House Hospice and to donate there, click here.

The pair has already raised half of its funding goal. They will be wearing Dove House Hospice t-shirts when they take on the challenge in late April.


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