Rugby chef prepares for London Marathon in memory of father-in-law

Christian Evans completed the Brighton Marathon in 2014
Christian Evans completed the Brighton Marathon in 2014

A chef is taking on the London Marathon to raise money for the hospice that cared for his ‘brave’ father-in-law.

Christian Evans, of Brinklow, will complete the challenge in memory of his father-in-law, Malcolm Brownless, who died on October 15, aged 57, after battling cancer.

The 37-year-old, who works as a chef at the Masonic Hall/Arnold House, Elsee Road, Rugby, hopes to raise £500 for St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol, where Malcolm was looked after.

Christian’s wife, Emma Evans, who works as a cardio thoracic critical care nurse at University Hospital Coventry, said: “Dad was a hard-working, proud man. A man who maintained his sense of humour until his last days. He showed us how to love and live life regardless of his recent diagnosis and wouldn’t let anything keep him off the golf course. He was the best dad and granddad anyone could wish for. St Peter’s Hospice offered exceptional and dignified care for dad and support for the family in his final days.”

Malcolm died at home after a 15-month battle with cancer of the bile duct. He was born in Hartlepool and moved to Rugby 28 years ago to raise his family. Malcolm lived in Rugby for 15 years until he moved to Bristol after meeting his second wife.

Christian said: “Malcolm lived his dream of playing at St Andrew’s golf course and enjoying life. Despite being told he only had six to nine months to live, he fought bravely and lived for 15 months. Initially, I decided to take on the marathon as a personal challenge, but after Malcolm died, I decided I would run it in his memory and raise money for the hospice as a thank you for the care they gave.”

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