A woman is preparing to walk ten miles in memory of her train enthusiast dad.
Claire Hugo, from Silsden, said she also wanted to correct misconceptions about Manorlands hospice by taking part in the Midnight Walk, between Bingley and Keighley, on May 15.
Claire, 38, and seven members of her family will take part in the sponsored event in tribute to the care Cross Roads man Peter Warburton received from the Oxenhope hospice in January and February this year.
Claire, a medical secretary at Airedale Hospital, said: “I think people believe that Manorlands is just a place people go to in order to die. But there is so much more there. They were absolutely wonderful, both with us as a family and my dad as a patient.”
So far she has raised £500.
Retired Mr Warburton, a former complaints manager at Airedale Hospital, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June last year. Despite having chemotherapy, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway volunteer died in Manorlands, in February. He was 62.
Claire, his only child, said: “He was a very gentle and lovely man who was liked by everybody. Dad thought Manorlands hospice was a wonderful place and on one occasion said to me ‘if I had to end up anywhere I would not mind it being Manorlands’. To me Manorlands will always be a magnificent, restful and nurturing place.”
The Sue Ryder Care hospice, which is aiming to raise £80,000 from the Ladies Only Midnight Walk this year, is also looking for men and women volunteers to help on the night. And local businesses are being sought to sponsor a mile marker and gain publicity in return. For information, phone 01535 640441.