Quiz celebrates life of brave wife Christine

Belper Arts Festival. A day of theatre on the streets as the Walking Festival and the Arts Festival combine in a unique event.
Belper Arts Festival. A day of theatre on the streets as the Walking Festival and the Arts Festival combine in a unique event.

A devoted widower whose wife died of cancer has hosted a special quiz night in her honour to raise cash for charity.

Richard Baker, 70, lost his wife Christine, 64, to cervical cancer last July, leaving behind their three children and grandchildren.

As a tribute, the quiz featured questions which aimed to Christine and her life. Richard, of Windsor Close, Belper, said: “Most of the town knew Christine and it helps us to remember her. It keeps her memory alive and is all for a good cause.”

The quiz night raised £361, which Richard plans to donate to the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The quiz was co-hosted by Richard and attended by his children Paul, Andew and Lorraine, along with members of the community.

Richard said“The first round were all answers that began with C. Round two was based on questions from 1949 – the year Christine was born. Most of the quiz was tailored to her, it was special.”

The event was held on January 8, at the Nailers Conference Centre at Belper Town Football Club.

Married for 46 years, Christine was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the first week of July last year, and died just weeks later. The couple enjoyed a trip to Paris in the months before her death.

Richard added: “We didn’t have any idea she would be gone so soon.”

Richard plans to present a cheque to the hospital in the coming months.