Three sisters are raising money for the "angels on earth" who took care of their both of their parents when they were undergoing cancer treatment.

Sarah Brill and Rachel and Becky Hughes are fundraising to take part in the Orwell Challenge on June 23, organised by the Rotary Club of Ipswich East.

The 25-mile walk is in support of the Somersham Ward Cancer Unit Support Group and the Woolverstone Cancer Wing at Ipswich Hospital.

Their parents Thomas Hughes, who died in October after losing his battle with blood cancer at the age of 72, and Susan Hughes, 64, who died from kidney cancer in 2013 received support from both teams.

This will be the third time the sisters will be taking part, the first time was in memory of their mum and to thank Somersham Ward for the support they gave the family.

Mrs Hughes said: "We made a promise that we would always try and raise what we can for Somersham.

"Sadly, we lost our father in October, and he had spent two and half years going back and forwards to the Woolverstone Wing.

"He used to say the nurses there were like angels on earth. They became like family to us.

"I watched how they showed him so much compassion and love. It wasn't like he was in hospital; it was like he was going to visit his friends.

"You never ever want to have to use them, but when you need it, they are magical. They were there for him, and never sugar-coated the truth, which is what he wanted.

"He was the bravest man I'm ever likely to meet. I was so grateful they gave him the dignity he needed.

Sisters Sarah Brill and Rachel and Becky Hughes.Sisters Sarah Brill and Rachel and Becky Hughes. (Image: Contributed)

"It's been an emotional rollercoaster. I asked Minuteman Press in Ipswich if they would print T-shirts with their faces on for the walk, and they without hesitation said they would donate them.

"Building firm Heath Landscapes and Purling Garage on Goddard Road also got in touch to say they're sponsoring us. I've been in tears quite a lot."

Mrs Hughes added: "I wanted to thank everyone for their donations. We thought we would set a £200 target as in this economic climate, nobody has much money to spare.

"We thought we would be so proud to meet the £200 target, but before midnight that evening, we had hit it.

"One day, we hope there will be a cure."

Money raised will be split between the two units. To donate, visit their fundraising page: