A brother and sister are to take emotional steps in memory of their mum, whose life was cut short by lung and stomach cancer.
Emma Ryan, 34 and David Sutcliffe, 36, will take on the 13 mile Midnight Walk challenge on September 13 for Elland’s Overgate Hospice, where their mum, Maxine Noel, was cared for after being diagnosed.
It will be the first time the pair have tackled the tribute walk together since 52-year-old, Maxine, passed away in February this year at her sister’s house in Sowerby Bridge after an almost two year battle with lung cancer and a rare form of tonsil cancer.
And to mark the poignant occasion, Emma, who lives in Brow Bottom Lane, Mixenden, and David, who lives in Holmfield, plan to spread Maxine’s ashes along the way and don their best 70s disco dress along with several friends who will join them on the route, as a nod to her mum’s favourite music.
Emma said: “David and my son did the walk last year whilst mum was in Overgate with terminal lung cancer.
“I was pregnant at the time so could not do the walk due to health but I stayed with mum on the night and told her I would do it this year.”
Emma had her baby, Ava Maxine, induced early so that Maxine could meet her grand-daughter before she died.
She said: “It will be a hard walk for me and the children but the reasons behind us doing the walk will keep us going on the night.
“My mum was a strong woman and fought for nearly two years to stay with us and be by my side to watch me give birth.”
“My family have seen first-hand what a lovely, caring and peaceful place Overgate is.
“I was blown away by the care and support they give not only to patients but to their families too. It’s not until you are in this situation that you realise what Overgate is about and what it does to help our community. I hope my story helps people understand and support them.”
David is in training for the event, which will start at North Bridge Leisure Centre at 10.30pm and will take around 1,000 fund raisers on a secret route around towns and villages to raise as much money for the hospice, which cares for those with life-limiting conditions.
He said: “It will be a challenge but it will be a fantastic way to give something back.”
Hospice worker, Sarah Clarkson, said: “We are keen to break our participation record from last year on the 13th so that we can continue to care for those suffering from life-limiting illnesses in Calderdale.
“We really appreciate the fantastic support we receive.”