Grateful husband plans marathon charity walk

Martin Thompson with a picture of late wife Brenda.

Martin Thompson with a picture of late wife Brenda.

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A SPALDING man is preparing to walk the equivalent of 16 marathons in 38 days to raise money for charity in memory of his wife.

Martin Thompson (58), of Angelica Drive, is hoping to collect as much money as he can for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing a 416-mile solo walk from Boston to Barnstable in Devon.

His wife Brenda (55) died in February just months after being diagnosed with a rare cancer affecting her connective tissue.

Martin said: “The help and support we got from Macmillan was humbling. I don’t know what we would have done without it.

“It helped my wife come to terms with things. She told me if we were lucky enough to win the Lottery, she would give half to Macmillan.”

Martin says the charity also gave him someone to talk to and gave his wife everything she asked for to make her comfortable.

The walk will start on Macmillan Way in Boston and continue 290 miles to Abbotsbury in Dorset.

From there, Martin will pick up the Macmillan Way West for a further 126 miles to Barnstable in Devon.

It will begin on June 16, the day of Martin’s wedding anniversary, and he hopes to complete it in 38 days, the number of years the couple would have been married that day. “When Brenda died I felt there was a huge gap and I didn’t know how I was going to fill my time,” said Martin. “I was at RSPB Frampton Marsh one day and I saw the signs for Macmillan Way.

“I was intrigued by it and did some research. I needed something to focus on and this is something I can do in Brenda’s memory for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Martin is funding the trip and any accomodation along the way out of his own pocket, meaning every penny pledged in sponsorship will go to the charity.

Martin added: “If I can give something back to Macmillan it would be fantastic. I feel I owe them a debt.”

About £500 has already been collected for Macmillan Cancer Support in Brenda’s memory from a collection at her funeral.

To pledge sponsorship for Martin’s walk, visit www.justgiving.com/martin-thompson1 or call him on 07803 909673.