TWO brave brothers who lost their baby sister to cancer will remember her every step of the way in their Ironkids challenge.
Oliver and Rowan Beswick hope to raise more than £100 for Ronald McDonald House Manchester — the charity which kept their family together during sister Lily’s battle with cancer in 2012.
Proud mum Clair Beswick said Oliver, aged eight, and Rowan, aged five, were inspired by their cheeky sister Lily, pictured, to do the race and still talk about her every day.
Mrs Beswick, Capitol Close, Smithills, said: “Oliver and Rowan are such good boys. Even though they were very young when we lost Lily, they still remember a lot about her. We’ve got lots of things around the house to remind us of Lily and they talk about her all the time.
“Sometimes it might be random things they remember. We’ll be playing a game or they’ll see something and they’ll say: ‘Lily would like this.’ “It’s lovely because it must have been incredibly hard for them. Rowan was only three-and-a-half when Lily died but he still has an awful lot of memories of her, which is very special.”
Lily is remembered by her family for her infectious smile throughout her gruelling treatment.
Clair and husband Kevin were given the news their daughter had a malignant soft tissue tumour on her leg in February, 2012. She started chemotherapy and her family hoped she would make a full recovery. But in September that year Lily took a turn for the worse and she was taken to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where tests revealed the cancer had spread to her lungs. She lost her fight against cancer on November 22 that year.
During the family’s ordeal, they relied on Ronald McDonald House as place for Oliver and Rowan to stay while Lily had her treatment.
Mrs Beswick, aged 38, added: “When Lily was in hospital, we had to be there 24 hours a day. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House we were able to stay together as a family and be near her.”
To sponsor Oliver and Rowan, visit: justgiving.com/Oliver-and-Rowan-Beswick.