Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love Finds Pair on Hospice Midnight Walk; from Grief to a New Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love Finds Pair on Hospice Midnight Walk; from Grief to a New Life

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

THEY both lost partners and hadn't expected to find love again - but a midnight walk changed all that.

Doreen and Jim Scott never thought romance was on the cards when they signed up to take part in St Oswald's charity walk.

Brought together after meeting at a fitness club for over-50s, they decided to do their bit for a worthy local cause together.

But the pair from Cramlington, Northumberland, fell in love as they walked Newcastle's streets as part of the hospice's annual Midnight Walk.

Now, some three years later, the couple are officially opening the event tonight on behalf of the charity in honour of their unexpected love story.

Doreen said: "Jim nursed his wife and she died of cancer and I looked after my husband, Henry, as he had leukaemia.

"We have a local gym and if you have high blood pressure you can go along - it's fitness for older people.

"I went there and because I didn't know anybody Jim came up and introduced himself."

From that small beginning, Jim and Doreen became friends, but the potential of a possible relationship never entered their minds, they were just enjoying the company after both losing their lifelong partners.

It was after a few months that Doreen heard about Gosforth-based St Oswald's Midnight Walk, which sees hundreds of people pound the streets of Newcastle in the dark of night to raise money for the charity.

Jim, 74, offered to accompany her and she even persuaded him get into the pink theme by donning a tutu.

Retired care assistant Doreen, 66, said: "All this time as the weeks were going on I just thought I wanted friendship, I didn't want a relationship "But when we were waiting to start the Midnight Walk I was talking about where we would meet at the finish if we got separated and was just trying to make arrangements.

"Then he said 'we don't need to bother with that because I'm going to hold your hand all the way round'. …

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