FOUR sisters have fought back their tears to organise a fund-raising night in memory of their much-loved grandad.
Peter de Lacy, 81, of Norton Tower, Halifax, died in Overgate Hospice in August.
Now four of his grandaughters – Emma, Lucy, Katie and Sophie Wisniewski – are planning a race night to thank the nurses who looked after him in his last days.
The three oldest sisters all go to Crossley Heath and Sophie is a pupil at Sacred Heart Primary, Sowerby Bridge.
Emma, 16, said: “We just wanted to give something back. The nurses were so supportive and made grandad so comfortable.”
Katie, 14, said: “He was so caring, affectionate and did anything for us, even when he was poorly. We miss him being around.”
Youngest sister Sophie, 10, said: “Every time we saw him he always said ‘It makes my day when I see you’.” Lucy, 12, said: “This is a fitting way to remember him.”
Their mum. Julie, said: “When he went in they were just nurses – but now they’re more like friends.”
Peter was heavily involved with St Columba’s Church, Pellon and was treasurer of Halifax Catholic Club for more than 40 years. His wife Rita was also a patient at the Elland hospice before her death in 2001 and the girls’ paternal grandmother, Edna Wisnewska, died there in 1999.
The family took part in the Midnight Walk for the last two years, raising £250 for the hospice and are now appealing for raffle prizes for the race night at Halifax Catholic Club on January 7. It starts at 5.30pm and tickets cost £3 for adults, £2 for children.
They have already had donations from Combserve in Elland and prizes include Camelot tickets and a voucher from Anon Lingerie in Elland.
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