Trio’s trek in memory of Pilgrim Hospital nurse

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WHEN Rick Creek’s wife Rachel died of breast cancer 18 months ago, she planted in his mind the seed of an idea – to raise funds for cancer charities.

Since then, more people have become involved in the idea, and now, he and two friends are getting ready to set off on an 18-day trek along the Pennine Way, in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

Rick will be joined by best friends Stephen Cory and Nigel Earle, who have also bee affected by cancer in some way, on the epic walk from Derbyshire to the Scottish borders – a journey of 267 miles.

Rick, of Camelot Gardens, Boston, told The Standard he was completing the walk in memory of his wife, who died in November 2010, also leaving behind two children.

He said: “She had cancer once and we thought we got the all clear, but six or seven years later she got it back and it was classed as terminal – they told her she had about 18 months to live. We did everything we wanted to then.

“She was a very positive person. She knew her life was limited and she just accepted that. She knew she couldn’t change it.”

Rick, 49, added he thought Rachel, who worked as a nurse at Pilgrim Hospital, would have been happy he and his friends were taking part in the walk.

Nigel, who used to live in Boston and now lives in Newmarket, Suffolk, lost his brother to cancer, which is one of the reasons he is keen to take part in the walk, and Stephen, who lives in Boston, was hit by the disease when his father developed cancer. He is now in remission.

The group, who have never done anything like this, will set off on their trek on May 26.

They are hoping to raise around £3,000, and each has a sponsorship form to help them raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

To sponsor either Rick, Stephen or Nigel, contact Rick by calling 07947 692483.