Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Doing This So I Can Make My Daddy Proud' Alfie, 8, to Tackle Run in Memory of His Father

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'I'm Doing This So I Can Make My Daddy Proud' Alfie, 8, to Tackle Run in Memory of His Father

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Byline: CHRIS KNIGHT Reporter christopher.knight@trinitymirror.com @C_M_Knight

A GRIEVING mum has recalled the heartbreaking moment she told her eight-year-old son his dad was dying.

Beth Iveson has opened her heart about the family's devastation following the death of beloved husband Richie Matfin - and how she coped with telling young son Alfie his dad wasn't going to get better.

She said: "Alfie knew about a month before that Richie was actually going to die. I promised I was going to be really honest with him.

"I told him dad's medicine is not working anymore. He asked me, 'is my dad going to die', and I said, 'yes he is.'.

"They had a month of making memories, and the last time they were together was on Father's Day.

"Alfie is the best gift Richie ever gave me and I will be forever grateful to him."

I shaved with my and raised for other so I really do it this St " Richie had his world turned upside down when he was diagnosed with sarcoma - a rare form of cancer - in the spring of last year.

He inspired hundreds with his awareness-raising 'Cancer Chancer' blog, and an appeal with charity Wish for Wedding saw the 33-year-old tie the knot to partner Laurie-Beth Waters in March.

But within months Richie's family were given the devastating news the chemotherapy had failed to control his tumours, and the dad-of-one lost his fight on June 26.

Beth said: "There's literally nothing that will ever prepare you for it. You can read the books and get advice but nothing can prepare you for the moment he passes away and having to tell your child.

"Alfie tells me he misses his dad every day, and he cries every other day. He's just frustrated he can't see his dad.

"It's a challenging time for an eight-year-old, and I'm only 27 - I don't know anyone else who has gone through this. …

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