A white poplar tree planted in Tatton Park provides a lasting memory of keen walker Derek Hurst, from Sale

Derek, who died from cancer in March 2016, was co-ordinator for the Out on Sunday group which has dozens of members across Greater Manchester.

By News Team on June 6, 2017

David Rhodes and fellow walkers with cheque

Derek, a training manager for the NHS at Wythenshawe Hospital, spent his last few days as a patient at our hospice site in Little Hulton.

Fellow walkers donated £840 to us as a thank you for caring for Derek who married long-term partner David Rhodes at their home 11 days before he died.

Derek loved his walking and we thought it'd be a nice idea to plant a tree in his honour near the mere in Tatton Park on one of our walks. We also wanted to thank St Ann's for the amazing care they provided. That meant so much, especially after he had suffered so much with illness during the last two years of his life. David Rhodes

The walkers are hoping to take part in our Manchester Midnight Walk on Friday, June 23.

The 10km flat route starts from Manchester Central. To enter go to www.mmwalk.org.uk.

David Rhodes planting a tree

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