Six month wish list for Judith

Judith Beckett with some of the prizes she has won
Judith Beckett with some of the prizes she has won

A woman who was jolted into action by her husband’s cancer treatment drew up a six-month ‘bucket list’ to coincide with her milestone birthday.

Judith Beckett, of Astwith near Chesterfield, was spurred into creating her own wish-list of things she had always wanted to do, but never got round to, as she approached her 60th birthday.

The retired nurse, who now works as a support worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, booked six months off work to achieve her dreams.

Judith said: “My husband had cancer three and a half years ago and I lost a couple of friends to the dreaded illness.

It just jolted me in to thinking, now is the time to do the things I’ve always wanted to.”

The life-changing six months began with a trip to Australia to see her niece’s wedding.

She also attended the London Olympics, the Monaco Grand Prix and Wimbledon as well as horse races up and down the country.

The stylish mum entered ‘Best Dressed Lady Racegoer’ competitions at tracks throughout the summer - winning five and coming as runner-up at four.

Judith in her an elegant John Charles suit and matching accessories was also crowned Best Dressed Lady Racegoer in Yorkshire’ 2012 last week.

She said: “It’s really funny because I never go shopping and I’m not interested in fashion. It was very unexpected.”

Judith, who is set to return to work on October 1, added: “It’s been a wonderful six months but I won’t be doing it again. It’s a one-off experience.”

“I’m looking forward to going back to work for a break,” she added.