“It will be a hard walk but the rea­sons will keep us go­ing.”

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A brother and sis­ter will go the ex­tra mile as they take on a 13 mile mid­night chal­lenge in mem­ory of their mother. Emma Ryan, 34, of Mix­en­den, Hal­i­fax, and David Sut­cliffe, 36, Holm­field, lost their mother Max­ine Noel ear­lier this year to lung can­cer and are tak­ing part in the sev­enth an­nual Mid­night Walk on Septem­ber 13, start­ing from the North Bridge Leisure Cen­tre, Hal­i­fax.

The pair are walk­ing the mega- marathon chal­lenge to show their sup­port for the Over­gate Hos­pice - the place where Max­ine spent her fi­nal months.

The pair will have added mo­ti­va­tion for this spe­cial walk to raise much needed funds for the El­land hos­pice.

Sarah, 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 son and brother did the walk while mum was in Over­gate and I was preg­nant at the time so could not do the walk due to my health so I stayed with mum on the night and told her I would do it this year.

“My mum was a strong woman and fought for nearly two years to stay with us and by my side to watch me give birth,” added Emma, who was in­duced be­fore her due date so her mum could meet her grand­daugh­ter, Ava Max­ine.

While the walk will be a chal­lenge for the duo but David is ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to “give back.”

“My mother spent many weeks re­ceiv­ing first class care and treat­ment from the won­der­ful staff at Over­gate.

“It is more than a worth­while cause as nowa­days most peo­ple in Calderdale have been af­fected by ter­mi­nal ill­ness in one form or an­other,” David added.

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