Family will continue cancer charity legacy after death of Martin (53)

IN LOVING MEMORY: Martin Brindle (S)
IN LOVING MEMORY: Martin Brindle (S)

A DEVOTED Burnley wife has told how she and her family will work hard to fulfil her beloved husband’s dying wish.

Martin Brindle (53) died on September 7th, having suffered with stomach cancer and lung cancer for the past three years.

While he was ill, Martin, who enjoyed snooker and fishing, got heavily involved with Macmillan Cancer Support, and was so impressed with their work, he decided he wanted to give something back.

Martin (pictured), who lived in Fenwick Street, enjoyed fund-raising for the charity and even managed to attend a sky-dive his eldest son Lee (32), and other friends, undertook in May.

Now his wife Jean (51) is determined to carry on supporting Macmillan with Martin’s many family and friends, including his grandchildren, Tyler (9), Robert (8), and Chantelle (5), and youngest son, Nicky (30), who is also hopeful of doing a sky-dive.

Jean, who had been with Martin for 34 years, said: “Martin’s last wish was for us to continue with Macmillan and that is what we are going to do,

“It is a very hard time for us, but hopefully this will give us some strength.

“We organised a sky-dive on May 27th, and he managed to come to that — he was so proud. Martin was always a practical joker and was a friend to everybody. That showed with the amount of people who turned up to his funeral. Everybody loved him.

“He was determined to keep on going, and everybody admired his strength. He always said ‘It is pointless worrying. I am going nowhere’.”

An event will be held in Martin’s memory at Burnley League Club, on Friday, September 28th, which is also Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

There will be three performers at the event, which starts at 7-30pm, as well as an auction, raffle, and a pie and peas or buffet supper.

Burnley Football Club merchandise will be up for grabs as prizes.

Jean will also hold a Christmas Fair in November, at Burnley’s Central Methodist Church.

She added: “People might think that because Martin died, everything will die with him, and it’s not. It is going to continue on.”

Anybody wanting to buy tickets for the event at Burnley League Club can contact Jean on 07817852993.