Pledge to continue charity drive after wife’s tragic death

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A CHARITY champion from Hucknall has pledged to continue fundraising in honour of his late wife, who has died suddenly.

Well-known grandad Geoff Crowson has raised more than £6,000 for Cancer Research UK in the last four years.

But his latest venture — this time in aid of a different charity — will mean something extra-special to him.

For it will be in memory of his wife, Sue, who died just over three weeks ago at the age of 47.

Sue was admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), Nottingham, on Tuesday May 8 with double pneumonia and a collapsed lung. She went into to the hospital’s adult intensive care unit, where she stayed fully sedated for five weeks on life support and kidney dialysis machines until her death on Wednesday June 20.

Sue’s illness, which began with a sore throat, developed within days of Geoff being given a six-month all-clear after he was stricken with testicular cancer. “We were over the moon about that,” said Geoff, of Birchdale Avenue.

He added: “Sue was a loving wife and mother to Lee and grandma to Alfie. Her death has left a massive hole in our lives. She was such a kind-hearted person who would help anybody and she will be greatly missed.”

Before Sue took ill, Geoff was organising a charity bike-ride from Southwell to Skegness and back in two days.

He said: “I was going to cancel it but then thought Sue would not want me to. So myself, family members and friends will form a team of 12 to do the bike ride in honour of Sue, setting off on Friday July 27. The money we raise will be in aid of the QMC adult intensive care unit, who were great but sadly could not save Sue’s life.

“I hope kind-hearted people might sponsor us. I was in the unit eight hours a day for all the five weeks Sue was there.

“During that time, I saw a member of another family bring in two floor-standing fans because the unit did not have any spare ones. So whatever we raise, every little helps.”

Geoff’s efforts for the cancer charity were inspired by the deaths of his grandmother and uncle from the disease — and it was a devastating shock when he learned that he had the killer illness himself.

He was given the news after cycling 200 miles in a coast-to-coast ride — from St Bees in Cumbria to Whitby in north Yorkshire — during the summer of 2011 with eight family members and friends. They completed the challenge, in aid of Cancer Research UK, in less than four days.

Geoff felt a lot of discomfort during the exhausting ride. He afterwards visited his doctor, who referred him straight away to Nottingham City Hospital for a suspected tumour to be investigated.Within three weeks, he lay on an operating table and had one of his testicles removed.

Geoff’s efforts for the cancer charity included pushing his grandson, then aged two, in his buggy from Scarborough to Whitby.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Geoff can get in touch via the Dispatch.

n OUR PHOTO shows Geoff backing Cancer Research UK — DISPIC NHUD11-2976-1.