Havant mum dedicates Valentine’s to grandfather

Luke and Hannah Cassap with daughters, left to right, Evie and Izabelle
Luke and Hannah Cassap with daughters, left to right, Evie and Izabelle
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THERE are few women who let their husbands or partners off the hook on Valentine’s Day.

But Hannah Cassap is one exception.

The 33-year-old mum-of-two has not held with the tradition since she lost her beloved grandad to cancer on that date when she was just five.

Instead, she will be planning what has become an annual tribute to her grandad, George New, by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life.

Hannah, a support worker in a radiotherapy centre, was very close to her grandad, who was only 65 when he died from prostate cancer.

Hannah, of Blackmoor Walk, Havant, remembers visiting him in hospital while he was being treated.

She said: ‘Because the anniversary of his death is February 14 I used to feel very down throughout the whole month and I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day.’

Hannah said working with cancer patients has given a whole new perspective on her grandad’s death.

She said: ‘My job helped me realise instead of being depressed, I should celebrate my grandad’s life and I wanted to do something positive to get me out of that way of thinking.

‘My eldest daughter, Izabelle, seven, was only two when we started taking part in Race for Life 5k.

‘Doing Race for Life helped me to come to terms with my loss.

‘It is something we can do together and his death is no longer the sad thing it was.’

This year Hannah and Izabelle, a pupil at Fairfield Infant School in Havant, are taking part in the Race for Life 10k for the first time.

Over the past four years, Hannah has raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The Race for Life takes place over the weekend of July 18 and 19 in Southsea.

About her non-celebration of Valentine’s Hannah added: ‘My husband, Luke, thinks that is great, although he makes up for getting off the hook by coming and supporting us at the race.’