A PENSIONER is walking 75 miles in five days in aid of a hospice that employed and then cared for his late wife.
John Flint, 77, is tackling the St Luke’s Hospice’s Peak District Challenge, which starts in the Staffordshire village of Rocester today and finishes in Matlock, Derbyshire, on Monday.
This is the 18th time Mr Flint has taken part in the Kenton-based hospice’s annual long distance fundraising walk.
Mr Flint lived in Harrow until the death of his wife Patricia in 2007. He then downsized and moved to Chesham in Buckinghamshire.
The happy couple married in Pinner in 1963. Mrs Flint worked as a nurse at the hospice and later volunteered before becoming a patient herself.
Mr Flint said: “I’m looking forward to the walk, it’s almost like having a family reunion because I’ve walked with the vast majority of people before.”
There will be about 80 walkers talking part and they are hoping to raise a combined total of £80,000 for the hospice.
Mr Flint has been doing some training walks in his home village in preparation for the event and is the author of Table For One, Sir, where he recounts the experience of his wife’s diagnosis with cancer, her death and his efforts to re-adjust to life afterwards.
He provides an insight to the emotions and experiences of being a carer and widower, provides thoughts on what to expect from experiences such as the first Christmas as a widower and going on holiday alone and how to deal with them.
Mr Flint said: “Some of the book was written in Harrow but the majority was written while in Chesham.
“I think it was a good idea to move, I don’t think I would’ve been as motivated to write the book if I hadn’t moved to Chesham.”
n To sponsor Mr Flint, visit www.justgiving.com/john-flint2