John Stapleton admits it was ‘troublesome’ spending his first Christmas with out spouse Lynn Faulds Wooden following her demise earlier this yr.
The Watchdog presenter’s wife of 43 years died in April aged 72 after struggling a stroke and bleed on the mind.
Explaining how he approached the festive season with out his life accomplice, Stapleton stated on Good Morning Britain: ‘It was a troublesome time clearly, I wasn’t significantly trying ahead to it nevertheless it was a interval that Lynn completely beloved.
‘She wasn’t significantly spiritual however she beloved Christmas and we had an ideal Christmas yearly.’
Recalling fond reminiscences of their Christmas festivities, the TV anchor continued: ‘There could be 10, 12 friends typically, Lynn doing the cooking, she was a superb prepare dinner. Made much better meals than I ever ate in a restaurant and she or he managed with our son Nick who inherited her culinary expertise.
‘With the assistance of Nick in lighter years, she managed to make all of the dishes land on the similar time on the desk with fancy hats, daft toys.
John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wooden have been married for 43 years (Image: CAN/Capital Footage)
Numerous video games, numerous noise, this yr was clearly very completely different certainly like hundreds of different individuals, we had some individuals lacking on the dinner desk.’
Wooden, who introduced Watchdog alongside her husband for eight years, had additionally battled bowel most cancers beforehand and campaigned for analysis into the illness, in addition to founding the European Most cancers Affected person Coalition in 2002, which she chaired 2003-2010.
Praising his spouse’s charitable efforts, Stapleton instructed hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher: ‘Lynn helped put bowel most cancers on the map – it might sound a daft factor to say that however bowel most cancers 30-odd years in the past was very a lot the Cinderella of the Nationwide Well being Service, there was little or no consideration paid to it.
‘Largely as a result of I feel individuals have been embarrassed about speaking about their bottoms. At that stage 30-odd years in the past, there wasn’t even an agreed listing of signs for individuals to look out for. So how have been individuals alleged to keep away from bowel most cancers in the event that they didn’t know what they have been searching for?’
Fletcher opened up about his personal expertise with bowel most cancers after his mom died from the illness, and revealed how he’s run a number of marathons to lift cash for analysis.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.