WHEN Ann Hodges met her third partner purely by chance, she felt she had finally met her soul-mate and someone she could spend the rest of her life with.
She was introduced to Andy Lacy through a best friend's partner, and their love of music and regular walks in the open countryside were simple hobbies that drew them closer together.
The 53-year-old dental nurse, who practices at Bidwell's dental surgery in Church Street, Frod-sham, enjoyed 23 months in Andy's company before he tragically succumbed to a horrific illness which kills thousands of people every year.
Now, on the second anniversary of his death to mouth cancer, Ann has vowed to carry out a 34 mile walk in his memory to give something back to the team of 'wonderful' nurses who looked after him.
The gruelling Sandstone trail will guide Ann from Whitchurch to Frodsham two years to the day her partner passed away, on Tuesday, May 31.
And the sponsorship money she intends to raise will be pledged towards Macmillan Cancer Relief at Warrington and Halton General Hospitals.
Ann, of Cedar Avenue, Sutton Weaver, feels she owes a lot to the charity that allowed her to stay at Andy's bedside at Litchfield Hospital - to the day he passed away at Halton General Hospital.
She said: 'Andy loved walking and we used to go walking in places like Shropshire and Ludlow before his death, which is why I decided to carry out this particular charity expedition.
'He died at the age of 44 which really isn't very old.'
Two months after the couple met they started planning a holiday and were busy celebrating the birth of Ann's first granddaughter, oblivious to what was to come.
However, events dramatically changed for the worse when three different biopsies carried out on Andy's tongue in October showed he was seriously ill.
Although he had repeatedly asked his dentist about a painful sore developing on his tongue, his illness wasn't formerly diagnosed until he was admitted to hospital.
Ann lived out her promise and looked after Andy as he had part of his tongue and lymph nodes removed while receiving regular bouts of radiotherapy treatment.
Her efforts have also been propelled by gaining the fundraising support of the mayoress of Sutton Weaver, Ann Roberts.
Ann Hodges added: 'I'm doing this for Andy as he was a very caring man and we were very close.
'We had a laugh, even when he couldn't eat properly anymore and had lost a lot of weight.
'I think it's important to support Macmillan as everybody knows someone who's been affected or will be affected by cancer.'
Anyone who wishes to sponsor Ann is urged to pick up a form from Bidwell's dental surgery in Church Street, Frodsham.