An event is being held at a Bury St Edmunds allotment site in memory of two plot holders who died of the same cancer within weeks of each other.
Leukaemia sufferers Graham Nye and Pam Buck, who died in March and February respectively, both had plots at Cotton Lane Allotments, located off of Northgate Street.
A plant sale is being held at the site next Sunday (May 18) to raise funds for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity in their memory.
Graham, a 68-year-old father-of-two, was also a committee member for the Cotton Lane Allotment Holders’ Association. He served on the committee for two years, only stepping down when his illness made him too tired to do what he joined up for.
He and Julie, his wife of 44 years, moved from South London to Bury in around 1973 and had been plot holders at Cotton Lane for four years.
Julie, 66, said she ‘loves gardening’ and the allotment allowed them ‘more space and more sunshine to grow vegetables’ than in their garden, with Graham doing a lot of the hard landscaping.
She said: “Whatever he did, he did it as well as it could possibly be done. He was a precision engineer.”
Graham had worked as an engineer at Jenkins Engineering and S L I Miniature Lighting Ltd, formerly V C H, both in Bury, and for the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, based out of Newmarket Hospital.
Others will know him from his involvement in Scouting. He helped start up the 10th Bury Cubs group in around 1974 and was a Scout leader in London and Bury for about 30 years, for which he was awarded the Silver Acorn by the Scout Association.
Praising her husband’s strength and determination, Julie said: “Even though he was very ill, he always pushed himself to the limit to carry on as best he could.
“He was terminally ill when he was discharged from hospital and had a fortnight at home and every day he got up and showered and sat in the chair in the conservatory and watched the birds and squirrels.”
As well as being a plot holder, Pam, a 65-year-old grandmother-of-two, was ‘a great supporter of the allotments’.
She also ran a B&B from her home in Northgate Street, Bury, and taught upholstery at West Suffolk College.
Next Sunday’s sale of vegetables, flowers and produce will take place from 10am-1pm.