ONE man’s love for his late wife compelled him to make and donate a doll’s house to the hospice she was treated at.

Gilbert Jones was so impressed by the care that Brenda, his wife of 47 years received from staff at Backford’s Hospice of the Good Shepherd before she passed away in 2007, that he wanted to repay them in some way.

A keen woodmaker, Gilbert has in the past made and donated various wooden items to the Hospice, but decided to make something a bit more grand - and spent the past couple of months creating a stunning doll’s house from scratch.

His magnificent work of art will be auctioned at the ‘Going Yellow’ charity dance event at Tattenhall’s Barbour Institute on June 18.

“Brenda had always been on at me to make a doll’s house,” said Gilbert, a former bricklayer who lives in Hawarden, Flintshire.

“I make a lot of stuff for the Hospice like bird tables and wooden men but this time I wanted to make something different.

“I made the doll’s house with the Hospice in mind. I stand the cost of everything, it cost about £200 to make and was very intricate,” he added.

“But as long as they make money out of it that’s all that matters to me.

“Brenda was in the hospice a month before she died and I want to do anything I can to help them raise funds.

“She was wonderful - the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Helen Higginson, the Hospice’s community fundraiser, said:

“Gilbert’s an absolutely lovely man. To give his time up to create something so beautiful is typical of him. He is so lovely.”

For more information on the Go Yellow dance event in Tattenhall and tickets, call organiser Jill Raine on 01829 771895.