Widower’s trek for Macmillan

Chinley's Andrew Shurmer (left with brother Mark) is trekking through the Jordanian desert for a week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. Photo contributed.
Chinley's Andrew Shurmer (left with brother Mark) is trekking through the Jordanian desert for a week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. Photo contributed.
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A Chinley man who has lost two wives to cancer is trekking 100km through the Jordanian desert to raise money for charity.

Andrew Shurmer lost his wife Jacqui to cancer in October 2012. The couple had married in Buxton in November 2010, learning that Jacqui’s cancer was untreatable a year later.

And for Andrew, the loss of Jacqui was a double tragedy, having already lost his first wife Nancy to cancer in October 2008.

Andrew said: “Losing my first wife to cancer was horrendous, and meeting Jacqui pulled me back from the edge of despair. So to be told that she had cervical cancer and then that untreatable secondary cancers had been found was the most painful blow imaginable.

“We made the decision that Jacqui would stay at home and I stopped work to nurse her myself.

“It was an emotional and very isolating 12 months and Macmillan Cancer was one of the organisations that supported us both through it.”

Now to thank Macmillan for their support, Andrew, 44, and his brother Mark, 47, will follow Bedouin trails for up to 18km a day for eight days, sleeping under canvas and eventually ending up in Petra.

To support Andrew’s fundraising efforts, see www.JustGiving.com/Andrew-Shurmer.