Devine Butchers on the Run for Prostate Cancer
As Father’s Day approaches, men all over the country will be looking forward to being treated to Sunday lunch, or a day out with the family, but for many dads like butcher Nick Devine from Tadcaster, Father’s Day celebrations will be put on hold until they have taken part in a run in aid of prostate cancer.
This will be the third time that Nick has been involved with R U Taking the P?, York’s very own 5k men-only fun run, which is always held on Father’s Day. Last year he was accompanied by his son Jay, but this year youngest son Kian will be joining the Devine team, thanks to a new ‘father and son’ package introduced to entice boys from aged 11 years to support their dads.
“The Devine boys will be out in force this year,” said Nick, who has himself raised more than £1,000 in the last three years towards R U Taking the P?, thanks to generous donations from family and customers. He is also proud to be featured on this year’s official posters with television journalist and broadcaster Harry Gration, and a tray of pork pies, when they both took part in 2011. This year Nick will be rubbing shoulders with local celebrities once again as renowned York boxer Henry Wharton and York’s legendary pantomime dame Berwick Kaler have both signed up for the event.
“I really enjoy taking part in R U Taking the P?, because the atmosphere on the day is brilliant with everyone entering into the spirit and dressing up and obviously all the money goes to a very good cause, one which is close to our hearts as a family,” said Nick. “My wife Zoe’s grandfather Allan Cracknell died of prostate cancer two months before Jay was born and we named him Jay Allan,” said Nick. “All money raised from the run goes to Professor Norman Maitland at the University of York for research purposes which is so important in the continued fight against prostate cancer,” he added.
Jay, who will be 16 the day before the run and Kian, aged 13, both attend Tadcaster Grammar School and, while Jay is hoping to beat last year’s third placing, Kian is just happy to support his Dad and be part of the Devine team.
R U Taking the P?, under the umbrella of Yorkshire Cancer Research, will take place on Sunday 15 June at 9.30am starting in Rowntree Park, giving men and their families plenty of time to enjoy Father’s Day festivities afterwards. To register visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk/running, or pick up a registration form at Devine Meats on Bridge Street in Tadcaster.
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