A charity fundraiser from Spalding has paid a moving tribute to her “brave” husband who battled a life-threatening disease for 17 months.
Julie Grantham of Galway Close organised a series of charity events which raised at least £4,000 for the Motor-Neurone Disease (MND) Association after her husband Andrew was diagnosed with MND in February 2013.
Andrew (50) passed away on Thursday after months of care and support from his wife, family, friends, the MND Association and St Barnabas Hospice, Spalding.
Julie said: “We had a big party for his 50th birthday and as a present, Andrew wanted to go back to Antigua (West Indies) where we got married.
“But it wasn’t possible so we had a Caribbean-themed birthday party at a fishing club instead.”
Andrew, a former lorry driving instructor with Donington and Quadring haulage firm Turners (Soham) Ltd, was a member of the British Sugar Fishing Club in Spalding for about 30 years.
Club members staged a charity fishing contest for the Andrew Grantham Shield last year which raised £400 for the MND Association.
Julie also helped organise a 10km walk between Pinchbeck and Spalding which raised £1,000 for the MND Association, as well as a penny mile event at Ayscoughfee Gardens that raised about £600.
“After he was diagnosed with MND, Andrew just wanted to do as much as he could, when he could,” Julie said.
“He was brave in fighting this disease when he could have given up and both the MND Associaton and St Barnabas Hospice were a big support to us.”
Andrew’s funeral is at St Mary’s Church, Pinchbeck, on Friday August 15 at 1.45pm.