HE’S never asked for anything from her in their 30 years of marriage.
But this year Rod Whitefoot’s wife Karen, from Lindley, wants to make his Christmas wish come true.
This season is more important than most for the couple, as tragically Rod, 67, was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year.
Now, as part of the Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table’s Christmas Wish Campaign, Karen and Man United fan Rod will be taking their first ever trip to Old Trafford.
The Round Table has given the couple tickets to the Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers game in January – as well as a night’s stay in a city centre hotel, complete with dinner and breakfast.
And Rod’s been given his very own Red Devils’ shirt to wear to the match – with Rooney on the back.
Karen, 51, said: “He loves Man United and he’s never been to watch them.
“I was just sat on my own one night and I saw the Christmas Wish campaign and I thought – my husband hasn’t asked for anything in his life – what can I get him that will make him happy.”
Rod, who was a manager at Wood Autos, has pancreatic cancer and is now receiving palliative care.
His diagnosis was a second huge blow this year for Karen, whose sister Shirley suddenly died from a blood clot in February, aged 53.
Karen, a social care services coordinator, said: “We’ve not really spoken much about Christmas, we’re just taking every day as it comes.
“It’s hard but there’s nothing you can do, you’ve just to get on with things.”
Karen, whose Jamaican father Winston Hamilton, 80, lives in Birchencliffe, married Rod – 16 years her senior – when she was just 21.
The couple, who don’t have children, share a love of bowling.
Karen says she’s the loud, talkative one and Rod is more of a quiet, reserved type.
She said: “He’s an old-fashioned gentleman – if we walk anywhere he will never let me walk on the outside near the kerb.
“And he will always hold the door open for me to go through first.”
Karen – one of five siblings – would like to thank the Pendragon Round Table for the Christmas Wish.
She also wanted to express her gratitude to Kirkwood Hospice, where Rod has been cared for, in particular by Andrew Gammon.