Mountain climb in memory of doctor

Dr Stephen Lord with daughter Rose
Dr Stephen Lord with daughter Rose

A devoted daughter is pulling on her walking shoes to raise money in memory of her dad, who was a popular GP.

Dr Stephen Lord, 63, died in December, just four months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, leaving his wife, Diane, and four daughters.

He had spent more than 30 years as a GP at Euxton Medical Centre before retiring in 2012.

Now, his 23-year-old daughter, Rose Lord, is taking on a charity challenge in his memory.

She will trek up Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, in July as part of a fundraiser organised by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rose, of Triumph Avenue, Chorley, said: “It’s something I have always wanted to do and I have a reason to do it now. It’s a way to focus my grief and something to keep me positive.”

Rose and Dr Lord regularly enjoyed long walks together, both when he lived in Brinscall and in Arnside, where he moved after his retirement.

Rose, who lives with her partner, said: “Me and my dad always walked together. It’s more challenging than anything I have done before, but I’m looking forward to it.

“I think he would love it. He was one of those dads who was proud of anything you did and I think he would be overwhelmed by me doing this.”

It will take around eight hours for Rose to walk up and down Ben Nevis with the group of fundraisers.

She has already raised £930 in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support - smashing her target of £575.

Rose said: “I don’t really have a target, but I want to get to £1,000.

“I’m already nearly there and I want to get whatever I can over my target to help the charity.”

The money already raised includes more than £400 donated by staff and patients at Euxton Medical Centre since January.

Rose said: “It shows how loved and respected he was as a local GP.”

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