Dad’s huge walk to say ‘thanks’

On the way: Martin Thompson began the walk on the date of his 38th wedding anniversary.
On the way: Martin Thompson began the walk on the date of his 38th wedding anniversary.

A DETERMINED dad from Spalding is walking 416 miles from Boston to Devon to thank Macmillan nurses for the care they gave his wife before she died.

Martin Thompson (59), of Angelica Drive, began his grand trek last Thursday morning at Boston Stump - the start of Macmillan Way - on the day that would have been his 38th wedding anniversary.

He lost his wife Brenda (55) last year, a few months after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and was grateful for the support the Spalding Macmillan nurses gave her to make her last few months as comfortable as possible.

Martin aims to complete the mammoth trek in 38 days to reflect his marital milestone and daughter Rachel, of Franklin Drive, spent Father’s Day alongside him on a 17-mile stretch from Easton-on-the-Hill to Oakham.

She said: “The Macmillan nurses were absolutely fantastic - they really helped mum have a better quality of life.

“They made things easier for her and she always said she owed a lot to them. It’s a bit extreme but this is dad’s way of paying them back.

“I only did 17 miles and I was absolutely shattered. It was quite hard to leave him to carry on on his own but I was glad of the lift home.”

On Saturday Martin’s son Shaun joined him for 12 miles and his early walk took in Frampton Marsh - where he laid flowers at a memorial bench the family had installed in Brenda’s memory.

The trek will end at Barnstaple in Devon on July 24 and will kick-start a series of fundraising events that the family hopes will raise £10,000 for the cancer charity in the long term.

To sponsor Martin visit www.justgiving.com/martin-thompson1