Family turn fundraisers in memory of dad who lost cancer battle

The family of Tony Glover, former chief crown prosecutor at Newcastle Crown Court, have come together to fundraise in his memory

Wendy Glover, who has been fundraising in memory of her husband Tony

When they lost their father, the Glover family knew they had to do something special to honour his memory.

So from skydives and half marathons to dessert afternoons and even writing a book – this family have done it all.

Father-of-seven Tony Glover, former chief crown prosecutor at Newcastle Crown Court, died from pancreatic cancer in July 2011, just four months after being diagnosed.

Since then his wife of 40 years Wendy and their children have dedicated their time to raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

“We just decided we had to do something to help,” said 66-year-old Wendy, a retired childminder who lives in Gosforth, Newcastle. “It is our way of honouring his memory and also doing something to help the charity.

“Pancreatic cancer is an awful thing and Tony went downhill so quickly. We nursed him at home, all the children helped.

“If the money can go to some sort of research that would be great.”

Thee latest fundraising bid by the family has been a children’s book written by eldest son Matthew, 41, who works as a primary school teacher in Spain.

“It’s based on him being a primary school teacher and it’s aimed at seven to eight-year-olds and is all about phonetics and rhyming,” said Wendy.

Tony Glover, former chief crown prosecutor at Newcastle Crown Court
Tony Glover, former chief crown prosecutor at Newcastle Crown Court
 

“He has always loved writing but this is the first book he has had published and the illustrations are wonderful, one of his friends did them.

“Then Julia and Zoe did a skydive and Jenny did the Great North Run and Steven worked in Classico restaurant in Gosforth High Street and we had a dessert afternoon, it was great.”

The family have other fundraising plans in mind and want to keep the momentum going in memory of Tony, who was 65 when he died.

Paying tribute to her husband, who starting work at the city’s courts in 1974, Wendy said: “He was a very popular man and we got so many lovely letters. His death has devastated us all.

“They had a special eulogy at the courts and the judge said to me that it was the first and only time they would do this for a lawyer. He was just so well thought of, it was marvellous really.

“There were 500 people at the funeral, it was a magnificent turn-out. We were all very very moved by it.”

Tony first fell ill in October 2010 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but doctors told him he would be able to continue to live a healthy life.

But he was forced to return to the doctors when he developed a severe pain in his lower back.

Scans revealed he had pancreatic cancer in March 2011 and his family nursed him at home for four months before he lost his battle with the disease.

“He could not have had any better care and the nurses were fantastic,” added Wendy.

To order a copy of Matthew’s book But It’s True, people can contact Wendy directly on 0191 284 2294.

The book costs £7.99 and £3 from every sale will go to Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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