Husband starts cancer charity in wife's memory

A husband who lost his wife to cancer, weeks after she gave birth, has started a charity in her memory.

Mair Wallroth, from Glossop, was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. She, and her husband Pete, discovered there was little or no support for those who develop cancer during pregnancy and, importantly, no charity offering dedicated help in the UK.

"It just made us feel alone," says Pete, "facing the perversity of being pregnant yet having to suddenly deal with a cancer diagnosis."

Mair underwent chemotherapy while pregnant with her son Credit: Mummy's Star

Mair's son, Merlin, survived chemotherapy to be born safely in September 2012. She died 10 weeks later.

Her children believe she became a star in the night sky, and Pete used that inspiration to start the charity Mummy's Star. It is the only organisation in the country focused on helping the 1 in 1000 women who develop tumours while pregnant.

The Wallroths on holiday, with daughter Martha, during Mair's treatment Credit: Mummy's Star

Mummy's Star is already supporting dozens of women nationwide, and has raised £50,000 to help them.

Pete believes Mair would be proud of that achievement, and the way it keeps her memory alive for her children.

Click here to out more about the work of Mummy's Star.