THE family of a well-known hospital worker are planning a permanent legacy following his death.

John Hudson, of Barrow, died aged 61 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep.

The Blake Street resident leaves behind his two sons, Jake and Zach, who described him as a ‘gentle giant’.

The former shipyard worker worked at Furness General Hospital in the car parks for more than 18 years.

His family and colleagues want to cement his legacy by placing a bench in his name on the grounds of the hospital so ‘a part of him is still there’.

Heather Hudson, John’s former partner and a close friend, started a JustGiving page in collaboration with Bay Hospitals Charity to raise money for the bench.

“I work at Furness General as well and we were really good friends and it has been a shock him not being anymore,” she said.

“We want to do this so people can see the bench and there is a part of him still around.

“His work colleagues said why don’t you put the fundraiser out as they said they would like to contribute.”

The bench would be placed near the back car park of Furness General Hospital.

“He was a popular person and he seemed to know everyone in town when we were out and about,” Ms Hudson continued.

“It would be people he knew from his time at BAE Systems.

“He adored the boys and he would do anything to help them.

“He would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold.

“The hospital said they don’t normally do benches for people but took an exception for him as he was so popular amongst the staff.”

Any leftover money will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

So far, the fundraiser has generated more than £600.

Donations can be made on the JustGiving page: