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Author leaves £10,000 legacy to Harrogate Hospital

Mike Brough's book launch. Mike Brough's widow Dorothy with family members Helen Barnard, Tom Barnard ,  Ella Barnard  and Wendy Kent. Also in the picture are Susan Hirst and Dr. Kim Kent.  (1305301AM1)

Mike Brough's book launch. Mike Brough's widow Dorothy with family members Helen Barnard, Tom Barnard , Ella Barnard and Wendy Kent. Also in the picture are Susan Hirst and Dr. Kim Kent. (1305301AM1)

A total of £10,000 raised through the sales of a book written by a Harrogate man before he died of cancer have been donated to Harrogate District Hospital.

During the last ten years of his life, Mike Brough researched, walked, photographed and drew maps of the area known as the Ancient Hunting Forest of Knaresborough.

Mr Brough was diagnosed with bowel cancer in April 2012 and just managed to finish his book before he died in April 2013, aged 74.

His book, History and Hikes of the Ancient Royal Hunting Forest of Knaresborough, was launched in Knaresborough Library in May 2013.

His wife Dorothy Brough, of West End Avenue, Harrogate, said: “Mike just loved this area and he was fascinated by history.

“He loved walking and instead of following existing walks he would make up his own. I was very pleased that he actually saw a preliminary version of his book before he died.”

Mrs Brough has attended many events across the area with friends John Hardy and Christabel and Derick England to sell copies of the book.

Mrs Brough added: “People have rung me up to say how much they have enjoyed the book. Everyone has been very positive.

“I should like to thank everyone else who has promoted the book.

“The sale of every copy has been a building brick in this tremendous amount of money. Thanks are due to Jespers Stationers in Harrogate and Castlegate Bookshop in Knaresborough, as well as numerous other outlets for their support.”

 

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