A woman who lost her fiancé to a rare cancer last year is hosting a fundraising charity race night at Buckingham’s New Inn on Friday.
The race night is the first in a series of fundraisers organised by medical writer Kelly Smith, aged 34, in memory of her fiance, Adrian Barton, together with Mr Barton’s friend Ashley Page.
Mr Barton, an area after-sales manager for Audi UK, died suddenly from myeloma last April, at the age of 38.
Miss Smith met Mr Barton in the summer of 2009, when they both attended Bourton Mill gym, and moved in to his Moreton Road home that autumn.
Fit and healthy Mr Barton suddenly became ill at new year 2013, when he started finding it hard to get his breath during a trip to New York.
Back home, he was admitted to hospital and tests eventually confirmed he had multiple myeloma, which was producing deformed proteins that had attached to his heart.
He completed the first month of chemotherapy in April and the couple were told the good news that he was responding well. But sadly, the next day, Mr Barton died suddenly from heart failure
As well as raising money to research into the disease, Miss Smith wants to raise awareness of myeloma, which is becoming more common in younger people.
The race night, in aid of Myeloma UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, starts at 6.30pm, with the first race at 7.15pm. All horses have already been ‘sold’ to local people and each of the nine races has been sponsored by a local company. The New Inn is providing food, for a donation.