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Super Dad who cares for terminally ill daughter surprised on live TV

Martin Rackley, 38, and his daughter, Ruby

A father-of-three from Dunstable, who gave up work to care for his terminally ill daughter, was left stunned this morning after being surprised on national television.

Ruby was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour just after her first birthday.

Martin Rackley's three-year-old daughter Ruby was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour just after her first birthday.

The family have been supported by the Keech Care hospice in Luton. They arranged for Good Morning Britain to surprise Martin live on TV.

Martin’s wife Emma had nothing but praise for her husband Credit: Keech

I’m so shocked.

I had no idea all my friends and family, Keech nurses and Mr Showbiz himself, Richard Arnold, were lying in wait next door to where I was sitting.

I’m very humbled but I don’t think I do any more for Ruby, or my other daughters, Chloe, 16, and Lexi, 8, than any other dad would. How my wife, Emma and everyone at Keech Hospice Care kept it a secret from me is unbelievable!

– Martin Rackley

Nurse Sonya O'Leary from Keech and father-in-law John said they were very proud of the 'wonderful job' Martin has done.

We're really proud of him here at Keech Hospice Care. He absolutely deserves this, he's done a wonderful job with Ruby, he comes into our tots and toys session on Thursday.

He's the only dad- the mums love him, he's been absolutely fantastic.

– Sonya O'Leary

Martin, who has always wanted to drive a racing car, was presented this morning with a day’s VIP racing experience at Silverstone, tickets to the Grand Prix and a holiday for the whole family.

Credit: Keech

Martin's wife Emma had nothing but praise for her husband, whose job in construction means he is out of the house for 15 hours a day, to provide for his family.