Geoff Atwill was a distant cousin of Ed Hathersage. Geoff mentioned that his maternal grandmother was Amelia Hathersage by birth, and she later married a Mr Hepworth who was Geoff's mother's father. Ed was convinced they were related due to Hathersage being an uncommon surname, but Geoff wanted confirmation. Donald Hinton found out that Ed and Geoff were indeed related. Geoff and Ed went into business regarding Hathersage Farm.