BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson 'cried a lot' on wedding day after wife's cancer diagnosis

BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson
BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson -Credit:BBC

A BBC Countryfile presenter has shared a heart-wrenching account of his emotional journey following his wife's cancer diagnosis. Adam Henson, a familiar face on the BBC programme, was deeply affected when tests revealed in 2021 that his partner Charlie Gilbert had a significant tumour on her pancreas.

BBC host Charlie, reflecting on their long-standing relationship and the urgency brought on by her health scare, said: "After 28 years together you do get a bit complacent, but getting married was suddenly really important - we didn't know how long we had left, and I wanted Adam to know I was committed to him."

The couple decided to marry, reflecting on the ceremony, an emotional Adam, aged 58, said: "We cried a lot. Those vows cemented my emotions and let me say from the heart how I feel about Charlie. The registrar wasn't aware of our situation and said she'd never had such an emotional couple. For us, it was a way of saying goodbye to everyone."

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Adam further described the poignant moments of their wedding day: "There were a lot of tears and a lot of emotion in the room. Charlie wore an ivory dress and looked stunning when she walked in with her mum. We were both crying through the vows, and the next very emotional time for me was giving a speech at the reception."

Charlie remarked: "It was a horrible position to put everyone in because you're trying to be happy, but I was going into hospital the next day and didn't know if I'd be coming out. It was the best possible last day I could have had.", reports Birmingham Live.

The surgery took place the day following the wedding. Adam reflected: "Friends and family are even more important to us now - they've been so supportive. In the past, I'd push the children to be more career-focused and get ahead. But now I'm kind of - just have a lovely time. Look after yourselves - but have a lovely time doing it, because you just don't know what's around the corner."