A WIFE who lost her husband to cancer just 17 days after their wedding is fund-raising in his memory.
Hannah Legge was widowed at the age of 22 after husband Steve lost his battle with head and neck cancer.
She had married her childhood sweetheart at their dream location of the Mallory Court Hotel at the start of December last year. The wedding was brought forward by six months after learning nothing more could be done to help Leamington electrician Steve.
But just days after tying the knot her 22 year-old husband was taken to Myton Hospice where he died on December 20.
He had been diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma – a cancer in the back of his nose – in 2012 after discovering a lump on his neck the size of an orange.
Doctors then found it had spread into his blood and it was unlikely he would live longer than three years.
Hannah, a pharmacy admin officer, said: “After a brave three year battle against this horrible disease and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Steve passed away peacefully.
“This year, I am doing all I can to raise as much money as possible in memory of my beautiful, brave and courageous husband.”
Hannah is fund-raising for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Myton Hospice, where Steve was cared for during the remainder of his life.
A spokeswoman from the hospice told the Observer: “Although it will always bring us great sadness to know that Steve was in a situation where he needed to access our services, we are pleased to have been able to provide him and his loved ones with the specialist care and support they needed during a very difficult time.”
Hannah, who is aiming to raise £2,000 for the charities, said: “I would really like to give something back to the amazing team at the Myton Hospice who looked after my Steve so amazingly through the last few days of his life.
“Steve was taken away from us far too soon and I will do everything I can to raise as much money as possible in honour and memory of my amazing and inspirational husband.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Legge2 to donate to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital fund or www.justgiving.com/Hannah-Legge3 to donate to Myton.