Widow to complete Midnight Walk on anniversary of husband's death

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 July 2017

Ian McMullan

Ian McMullan

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A woman from Clapton-in-Gordano is taking part in a sponsored walk in aid of St Peter's Hospice on the anniversary of her husband's death.

Ian and Ruth McMullan with their children.Ian and Ruth McMullan with their children.

Ruth McMullan, aged 51, is completing the Midnight Walk through Bristol with her daughter Lauren in memory of Ian who died on July 8 last year.

Ian was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - a rare type of bone cancer - in 2012.

He had chemotherapy and returned to work, but in December 2013 doctors discovered it had spread to his lungs.

The cancer was removed but it had also spread to his lymph glands, his jaw and his spine, making him paralysed.

Ruth said: “He was doing really well then suddenly just deteriorated and there was nothing more the hospital could do.

“He was only 48 and everything else was still working really well, he was such a strong person and he wouldn’t give in, he just kept going.

“Then he woke up one morning and couldn’t move. The hospice stepped in and took over.

“They were fantastic. Prior to that I was trying to look after him myself but there was only so much I could do.

“Because of the hospice, he managed to last so much longer and we managed to spend quality time together which we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

“They looked after him so well and were so attentive. They did absolutely everything they could for him.”

Ruth and their two children Lauren, aged 16, and Christian, aged 12, are now determined to raise as much money as they can for the charity.

Ruth said: “Now I feel strong enough that I can be more help to the hospice.

“I really want to thank the hospice for what they have done. They were great and I hope they raise lots of money so they can carry on their good work.”

The Midnight Walk is being sponsored by Canada Life, where Ian worked as a managing director.

The event starts at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol on Saturday at 10pm for the 10-mile walkers and 10.45pm for the five-mile entrants.

More than 1,000 women will be taking part, dressed in costumes from the 1980s. Women can still register on the night from 9-10pm at the stadium for £30.

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