A couple who met through a lonely hearts advert in the Lincolnshire Free Press are making every second count in the shadow of terminal illness.
Malcolm and Sandra Munson (both 64) of Batemans Close, Gedney, are “living life to the full” after she was given no more than ten months to live because of skin, lung and lymph gland cancer.
I don’t think a millionaire could be happier than we are
The pair were married at St Mary Magadalene Church, Gedney, in October 2010, three years after Malcolm was persuaded to put an advert in the Free Press when his son feared that he was getting very lonely.
Malcolm said: “I advertised for a companion in the Free Press eight years ago when my son persuaded me to do it because he said I was very lonely.
“In the advert, I explained that I liked walking on the beach, fishing and gardening and that was when Sandra answered the advert.”
Sandra, who was living in Leeds at the time, admitted that she initially answered the advert as a “dare” for a workmate but her and Malcolm are now true soulmates.
“I’d been on my own for a while since I lost my husband through illness and my friends said that she was going to get a free ads newspaper in Leeds because there could be somebody in there who was a genuine companion for me,” Sandra said.
“Then I forgot about it until my friend came into work with the newspaper and asked me to pick someone after she’d spent ages reading through it and circling names.
“I only answered it for a dare and I picked Malcolm out of the six men she’d chosen.”
After meeting for the first time at Peterborough Railway Station, where Sandra walked past Malcolm without even recognising him, the couple grew closer after a caravanning holiday together near Great Yarmouth.
Sandra said: “I remember when I got a phone call from Malcolm for the very first time because he spoke with a funny accent and told me he was from Gedney which I’d never heard of before.
“My son thought he might be an axeman but I got myself dressed up to meet him and I was so nervous that I spilt coffee over my clothes.
“As time went on, I couldn’t see myself living in Gedney so we decided on a month’s trial before moving in with him.”
Malcolm added: “About a fortnight after we first met, I knocked on her door and asked her to come and live with me.
“One day we went fishing together and after I’d given Sandra lessons on how to cast her net out, she caught her first 10lb carp about an hour later.”
The couple are now facing up to Sandra’s terminal cancer with the hope that ongoing chemotherapy could prolong her life beyond the ten-month prognosis.
Malcolm said: “It’s very rare in life to have the same interests in life as your wife, but we do everything together and we’re living life to the full.
“I don’t think a millionaire could be happier than we are.”