A STUDENT left ‘devastated’ following the shock death of his Burton girlfriend is set to run the London Marathon in her memory.
Doug Aslett will pull on his running shoes in April to honour the life of Louise Prince, who passed away suddenly only weeks after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
The 22-year-old will be raising funds for Bowel and Cancer Research and told the Mail that ‘memories of Louise’ would help him to the finish line.
Louise, who grew up in Burton, was a second-year chemistry student at Hull University when she was diagnosed in December 2012.
She suffered a severe flare-up a few weeks later and died unexpectedly in hospital in January 2013.
Mr Aslett said: “It was a devastating blow to her family and friends.
“We’d met in our first year and, for both of us, it was our first grown-up relationship.
“Louise was really shy, so it took me ages to get a first date.
“But she was also very kind – she’d do anything for you.
“We have all lost a fantastic friend, daughter, sister and generally all-round incredible person.”
The university planted a tree in Louise’s memory on campus last year, which Mr Aslett sees every day on his way to attend lectures.
It will blossom for the first time in April, when Louise would have been celebrating her 21st birthday.
He decided to run a marathon when he went to visit the place where Louise’s ashes were scattered in Burton.
“I’ve never really ran before but I decided to enter the marathon in her memory. If the marathon gets tough, I’ll just look up, think of Louise and remember what I’m doing this for,” he said.
Louise’s parents, Julie and Lee, will be in London to cheer Mr Aslett to the finish line.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease
Chief executive of Bowel and Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert has thanked Mr Aslett for his efforts.
People can support him at www.virginmoneygiving.com/dougaslettmarathon