Heart­felt trib­ute to young vic­tim of leukaemia

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - www.pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

TRIB­UTE has been paid to a “car­ing” and “coura­geous” man who lost his fight against leukaemia, aged just 27.

Sam Mul­doon died at Spald­ing John­son Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal af­ter a nine-month bat­tle with the can­cer a week be­fore Christ­mas Day.

Fam­ily mem­bers have de­scribed Sam, who also had Down’s syn­drome, as an “in­spi­ra­tion”, not just for his for­ti­tude dur­ing his treat­ment, which in­cluded 12 bouts of ra­dio­ther­apy as well as chemo­ther­apy, but also in over­com­ing the chal­lenges of his life­long dis­abil­ity.

His mother Lynn (66), of As­cen­dale, Deep­ing St James, said she felt “hum­bled” by Sam’s strength of char­ac­ter, de­scrib­ing his bat­tle against leukaemia as “very coura­geous”.

His fa­ther Paul (67) said: “He never com­plained at all.

“He never said ‘why have I got this’ or any­thing. “He just got on with it.” He added: “He has been an in­spi­ra­tion to us. He’s go­ing to leave a big crater in our lives.”

Sam was a stu­dent at New Col­lege Stam­ford.

De­spite his learn­ing dif­fi­culty, in 2009 he achieved a pres­ti­gious Gold Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award.

As part of earn­ing the award, which he re­ceived in a cer­e­mony at St James’s Palace from TV chef An­thony Wor­rall Thomp­son, in Lon­don, Sam had to demon­strate a range of out­door skills dur­ing a week-long camp­ing ex­pe­di­tion in Nor­folk.

Mr Mul­doon spoke of his pride in see­ing his son re­ceive the award, putting it along­side his other son and his daugh­ter’s grad­u­a­tions from Cam­bridge and Sh­effield Hal­lam uni­ver­si­ties re­spec­tively. He said: “It was ter­rific. “To us, it was as good as a grad­u­a­tion.”

Sam was a com­mit­ted mem­ber of Deep­ing Bap­tist Church and would as­sist in the prepa­ra­tion of ser­vices.

Mr Mul­doon said much of Sam’s re- solve came from his faith - a strength his fam­ily shares.

He said: “It gave him the as­sur­ance when he did die he would go to Heaven. That’s the as­sur­ance we have got as well. That’s what has given us so much com­fort, know­ing where he is and we will be there too hav­ing trusted in the Saviour as well.”

Dur­ing his treat­ment for leukaemia, Sam’s fam­ily would read him sto­ries from the Bi­ble.

Mr Mul­doon said: “Even when he was re­ally in the thick of it that al­ways set­tled him very well.”

And de­spite con­tract­ing the dis­ease, the fam­ily’s faith re­mains undi­min­ished.

Mr Mul­doon said: “We have never asked ‘ why’. God is sov­er­eign and the fact we know where his spirit has gone is the big­gest com­fort we could have.

“We have had tremen­dous sup­port from church friends, not just here but from far and wide.”

He added: “If we had not got our faith we would be in ab­so­lute bits, no two ways about it.”

As well as help­ing pre­pare for church ser­vices, Sam would fur­ther show his gen­er­ous side by vol­un­teer­ing at the Age Con­cern Day Cen­tre, in Deep­ing St James.

Mrs Mul­doon de­scribed him as “very gen­tle”, “lov­ing” and “car­ing”.

She said: “He would ask peo­ple how they were. He would pick up on me if I was un­happy.”

Mr Mul­doon de­scribe him as “a very happy man”.

He said: “He was al­ways smil­ing. Peo­ple called him “Mr Happy”. A lot of peo­ple said he was a lovely man.”

Sam is also sur­vived by his brother James (40) and sis­ter Morag (35).

A ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing for Sam take place at Deep­ing Bap­tist Church, in Bridge Street, to­mor­row, at 3pm, fol­low­ing his cre­ma­tion in Peter­bor­ough.

• Ad­mis­sion to the Best Mate En­clo­sure on Gold Cup Day. (An up­grade to thetat­ter­salls En­clo­sure is of­fered, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity, at a sup­ple­ment of £15 per per­son) Overnight stay at a 3 star Mid­lands area ho­tel with din­ner & full English break­fast Re­turn coach travel from se­lected lo­cal de­par­ture points

award: Sam Mul­doon re­ceiv­ing his Duke of Ed­in­burgh Gold Award at St James’s Palace in Lon­don.

in­spi­ra­tion: Sam Mul­doon, pic­tured on hol­i­day in Canada, who has been de­scribed as an “in­spi­ra­tion” by his fam­ily.

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