Grand trip for Anthony in memory of brave dad

Anthony Hegney, who will walk the Grand Canyon for Overgate Hospice, in memory of his dad Brian Hegney.

Anthony Hegney, who will walk the Grand Canyon for Overgate Hospice, in memory of his dad Brian Hegney.

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A DEVOTED son is planning the challenge of a lifetime in memory of his brave Dad, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

Anthony Hegney, 40, will trek 50 miles across, down and through the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Brian Hegney died in January aged 72. The former Exley school caretaker is much-missed by his family and Anthony feels this is the least he can do for the hospice.

“It’s really important for me to do this. The hospice is something we need to make sure is there forever. It’s a credit to Calderdale and it’ll always be in my heart,” he said.

Thanks to generous family and friends, his presents for his 40th birthday were all amounts towards the cost of the trek, meaning the rest of his fund-raising can go straight to the hospice.

He hopes to raise £6,000 through his trek – enough to keep the hospice running for one day.

Brian was the most-admitted patient at the hospice, firstly as a day patient and then in respite care.

He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2000 and underwent extensive bowel surgery before doctors found the disease had spread to his liver.

It isn’t the first time his family have taken part in fund-raising events.

In 2009 Anthony, his two sisters, Diane and Mandy and family friend, Glen, pushed Brian the 13 miles around the Midnight Walk and Anthony put his culinary skills to the test to make a special giant cake for the hospice.

Anthony, who works as a catering manager at the Media Museum in Bradford, has plenty of support. His colleagues are growing moustaches as part of Movember to try help him reach his target.

Anthony is also hoping to boost his target and hopes to hold a Valentine’s Ball on February 11 and wants help from anyone who can help make it a night to remember.

To help out visit http://www.justgiving.com/Brian-Hegney.