A woman who was inspired by her husband to lose weight will be completing a marathon walk with a group of friends in his memory.
Kim Granger’s husband Paul died just a few weeks after they got married in the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in June last year.
Paul died of a rare cancer called ruabdomyosarcoma aged just 24.
Now Kim, of Ironmonger Street, Stamford, is planning a charity walk around Rutland Water with a group of about 25 friends, including her close friend Melanie Bull who has helped organise the event.
Together they hope to raise about £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust because staff were a huge help in planning the couple’s wedding at Paul’s bedside.
It was the ﬁrst wedding that had been held on the unit, which opened in February last year for 14 to 24-year-olds.
Kim said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust looked after Paul so well.
“The staff there helped to make our wedding day so special and they were amazing when friends and family came to visit.
“I can’t think of anywhere better that he could have been and I think Paul would be really pleased that we are trying to raise money for the unit.”
Kim had been trying to lose weight for her wedding but when it was brought forward because of Paul’s condition, it became less of a priority.
Following Paul’s death, Kim has been trying hard to lose weight and has been walking regularly to train for the marathon distance, including walking to and from Peterborough where she works as a teacher at Heltwate Special School – a 20-mile round trip.
She has now lost about five stone.
Kim, 25, said: “Walking is one of the things I’ve been doing to lose weight and Paul always supported me when I was dieting.
“He knew I was happier when I was dieting. I think he’d be proud of me.
“When I mentioned to friends that I was thinking of doing a sponsored walk, they all wanted to get involved and now it’s spiralled into quite a big thing.”
The walk will take place around the shores of Rutland Water on Sunday, June 30.
Kim estimates it will take about nine hours to complete and says she is looking forward to the day.
The group are being sponsored by new Thai restaurant The Buddha Lounge in St Mary’s Street, Stamford.
To sponsor the group or to find out more visit http://www.justgiving.com/rutlandwaterwalkfor paul