‘The worst year of my life’: Fiancee prepares for trek in memory of Bury St Edmunds midwife

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A little over a year ago Mark Wade from Stanton had been looking forward to marrying his fiance’ Hannah Seeley and planning their future.

On May 11, he stood at her funeral, saying goodbye to the love of his life and their dreams.

Now he is about to take part in a three peaks challenge to raise money for a project that will keep her name and memory alive.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. This has been the worst year of my life.

“Without my close friends, my family, I would never have made it through this.

“I want to do the three peaks to keep her memory alive,” said Mark.

Hannah Seeley

Hannah Seeley

Midwife Hannah, 23, was driving home from work at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds in April last year, when a car driven by another man crashed into her.

Mark, his brothers Ashley and Ian, cousin Aaron Goodridge and friend Dan Watts set off next Thursday (9) to climb Scafell Pike in England, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Mount Snowdon in Wales.

The five have decided not to undertake the challenge in the traditional 24 hours, in what will be an emotional journey – next Saturday (11), the anniversary of Hannah’s funeral, will see them climb Snowdon.

Money raised will go towards a new birthing pool room at the hospital, named after the popular midwife.

You can donate on-line to Halifax account 10863764 sort code 11-01-23.

For cash or cheque donations email threepeaksforhan@hotmail or ring 07527 663785/ 07805 455121.

Hannah’s colleagues in the Lark team of midwives in Hospital Road, Bury, are to hold a tea party at 3.30pm on Friday (3), in her memory.

Senior midwife Karen Rayner who worked with Hannah said: “As a group, we wanted to do something to celebrate the life of our lovely colleague and show that we have not forgotten her.

“The tea party will give us an opportunity to show Hannah’s parents and fiancé where she worked, while also raising extra money before Mark goes off to take on the three peaks.

“We want it to be a really fun, lively event where we can all share the happy memories we have of Hannah.”

The team will be baking cakes for the party.

In return, they will ask guests for a contribution towards Mark’s three peaks fund.