A woman is encouraging her workmates to put on their walking boots and stride out in memory of her grandfather.

Kim Foster, 24, an executive at Emerald Publishing Limited in Manningham, will be setting out on the Telegraph & Argus supported Shipley Stride to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research after her company accepted her idea to make it its worthy cause for this year.

Miss Foster lost her grandfather Stuart Redhead, 76, to stomach cancer recently just eight weeks after he was diagnosed.

She said: "After I put the suggestion forward there were floods of letters from people who were affected by the same thing."

Colleagues Joe Bennett, 24, Stephanie Ashton 24, Kate Snowden, 28, Karen Bartle, 28, Joy Armitage, 46, and Sue Devertil will be joining Miss Foster on the walk along with Emerald's travelling bear Dougie.

Miss Foster said: "We have pictures of him in planes, drinking beer and skiing, and the photo winner might get to keep him or we might auction him for Macmillan Cancer Relief."

The 150 employees raised £7,000 for brain tumour charity Andrea's Gift last year and the Toller Lane company made this up to £10,000.

Miss Foster said: "We are hoping to break the £10,000 barrier this year and hopefully the company might top it up but we will have to wait and see."

She is planning more events to help hit the target.

The Shipley Stride is a 5.5-mile circular walk at Shipley Glen on Sunday, May 22.

Walkers will be able to set off between 10am and noon and complete the route in their own time.