“I had never even heard of ovarian cancer before Jo and I sat in a small hospital room”

"Four years ago, I would have been more than a bit surprised to be writing a blog about The Eve Appeal, and my commitment to fundraising for world-class research in women’s cancers." Matt Davies tells Eve why he set up Jo’s Appeal and is why he is passionate about fundraising for research into the prevention of gynae cancers.

But here I am, four years after my wonderful wife Jo, aged 38, passed away, five and a half years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

The devastating news of Jo’s illness came completely out of the blue. We were trying to start a family at the time. When Jo was admitted to hospital after complaining of stomach pains we were not really concerned. It can’t be anything serious we thought.

And then scans revealed the horrible truth – the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Jo started raising money for The Eve Appeal – the charity she identified as working hard to not just raise awareness of ovarian cancer but also to progress research in how to diagnose it earlier and prevent it.

I can honestly say, I had never even heard of ovarian cancer before Jo and I sat in a small hospital room with a team of doctors and nurses who told us that she had it.

So that’s why we started Jo’s Appeal and have been fundraising for our three charities of choice, one of which is The Eve Appeal. This weekend we are getting in the saddle and peddling a gruelling 140-miles Coast to Coast in the hope of raising thousands of pounds more for Jo’s Appeal.

The funds that we raise through our cycle event will help their pioneering work at the cutting edge of research to fight women’s cancers. That’s the work that Jo wanted to see go forward and that we are determined to progress.

We’re doing this for all the Jo’s of the future – wonderful wives, mothers, daughters and sisters.

To support Matt, you can donate to Jo’s Appeal 

If you have been inspired by Matt’s story you can find out more about how to donate money in memory of a loved one