John Stapleton admits it was ‘difficult’ spending his first Christmas without wife Lynn Faulds Wood following her death earlier this year.
The Watchdog presenter’s wife of 43 years died in April aged 72 after suffering a stroke and bleed on the brain.
Explaining how he approached the festive season without his life partner, Stapleton said on Good Morning Britain: ‘It was a difficult time obviously, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it but it was a period that Lynn absolutely loved.
‘She wasn’t particularly religious but she loved Christmas and we had a great Christmas every year.’
Recalling fond memories of their Christmas festivities, the TV anchor continued: ‘There would be 10, 12 guests sometimes, Lynn doing the cooking, she was a brilliant cook. Made far better meals than I ever ate in a restaurant and she managed with our son Nick who inherited her culinary skills.
‘With the help of Nick in lighter years, she managed to make all the dishes land at the same time on the table with fancy hats, daft toys.
Lots of games, lots of noise, this year was clearly very different indeed like thousands of other people, we had some people missing at the dinner table.’
Wood, who presented Watchdog alongside her husband for eight years, had also battled bowel cancer previously and campaigned for research into the disease, as well as founding the European Cancer Patient Coalition in 2002, which she chaired 2003-2010.
Praising his wife’s charitable efforts, Stapleton told hosts Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher: ‘Lynn helped put bowel cancer on the map – it might seem a daft thing to say that but bowel cancer 30-odd years ago was very much the Cinderella of the National Health Service, there was very little attention paid to it.
‘Largely because I think people were embarrassed about talking about their bottoms. At that stage 30-odd years ago, there wasn’t even an agreed list of symptoms for people to look out for. So how were people supposed to avoid bowel cancer if they didn’t know what they were looking out for?’
Fletcher opened up about his own experience with bowel cancer after his mother died from the disease, and revealed how he’s run several marathons to raise money for research.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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