A TATTERSHALL man, who has devoted the last 13 years to caring for his severely disabled wife, will be “the proudest person alive” when he carries the Olympic torch next week.
Adi Hamnet was nominated for the honour by his wife Marie (28) who described her husband as “my hero.”
The couple live in Johnson Court, Tattershall. Marie, who suffers from chronic back and pelvic problems, needs round-the-clock care.
Adi is even unable to sleep at night because his wife, who lives in constant pain, requires drugs to be administered at seven different times.
She said: “He’s my husband and my full-time carer. Since I became severely disabled, he handed in his notice at work and became my carer.
“We also have two children and he looks after them too. Adi does all the cleaning, cooking and school runs.
“He takes care of my medications and he has to help me with every daily task, including washing, dressing and moving and lifting.
“He hardly ever sleeps because I have to wake him up though the night about seven times.
“Even though I know he is struggling every day, he never moans. He just puts on a big smile and carries on. Whenever anyone asks for help, he’s there. He’ll do anything he can to help anyone.
“He’s the nicest man I’ve ever met and he’s my hero - and my children’s hero too.
“He deserves so much thanks and I tell him daily how much I appreciate everything he does. I don’t know anybody who could go through each day the way he does and has to cope with things like he does and still he refuses to give in.
“He’s just a star and we love him dearly. Carrying the torch would make his year and put an even bigger smile on his face as this year is just going from bad to worse.”
Marie, who has spent long spells in hospital, will make a special effort to watch Adi carry the torch in Wrangle next Wednesday,
Adi, a former factory worker, admitted he was shocked that Marie had even nominated him.
He said: “I didn’t know anything about it. She did it all on the lap top - without saying a word to me.
“The first I knew was when someone from the Olympics rang and told me I’d be carrying the torch.
“I couldn’t believe it. I never expected this. I just class myself as a quiet, ordinary bloke who loves his wife and his family more than anything in the world.
“I never moan because I see what Marie goes through every day. What I have to do is nothing compared to the pain she has to put up with.”
Adi, who is a well-known figure in local amateur football, admitted he was over-the-moon about the prospect of carrying the torch.
He added: “I’m getting a bit nervous now but I’ll be proudest person alive. All the family will be there and I’ll be thinking of Marie and the kids every step of the way.”
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