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Docking man shares love story to raise money

Gavin English with nursing auxiliary Lisa Newman, fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs (seated) and Macmillan information and support manager Vicky Mitchell.

Gavin English with nursing auxiliary Lisa Newman, fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs (seated) and Macmillan information and support manager Vicky Mitchell.

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A man has written a second book to raise more money for a hospital in his wife’s memory.

Gavin and Frances English were together for 56 years, until cancer struck in 2013.

Mr English, 79, was inspired to start fundraising for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn by one of his wife’s final wishes. He has now hit the £25,000 mark.

He shared their love story in his first book, The Last Waltz, and has now penned a sequel, The Last Waltz, The Sequel: Three Years On, to give hope to others who are coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Mr English, from Docking, near Fakenham, said: “The latest book takes up the story after Frances’ death and how I have managed in the last three years.

“Writing the book brought back a lot of memories such as Frances holding my hand as she fell asleep. I know that was because she didn’t want to lose me. “There is a lot of stuff in there but I hope it will help other people in a similar situation.”

Mr English said his wife continues to play an important role in his life and he still puts out the cards they exchanged on special days.

He states in the book: “I wear Frances’ wedding ring on a chain around my neck along with a St Christopher which she gave me when I went to Saudi Arabia in 1980. When I put it on in the morning it always gets three little kisses and again when I take it off. It was our little secret code for ‘I love you’.”

Mr English raises money for the hospital’s Macmillan care and treatment centre by working at nine supermarkets in the area along with car boot stints. The hospital’s fundraising executive Laurence Morlaàs said: “To raise £25,000 in just three years is an incredible achievement after losing his wife.”

To buy a copy of the book, call him on 01485 518194.

How are you keeping alive a loved one’s memory? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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