A young mum of six from Gravesend has finally married the man she loves after hospice staff organised her wedding, two days after she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Paula and her fiancé Dave, both 35, have been engaged for two years but other commitments always prevented them from getting married.
"We only found out about the brain tumour a few days ago" Dave said after the ceremony on Thursday 11th July.
"This morning we were all in tears and praying for her to wake for five minutes, just so that the kids could say goodbye. A day that started off devastating has turned into one of happiness and laughter."
Paula was admitted to the EllenorLions Hospice in Northfleet, Gravesend after her diagnosis. The charity provides hospice care for adults and children across north and west Kent. A chaplaincy team were able to arrange a special license with the Dartford Registry Office which allowed the couple to wed.
Nurses on the ward lent a hand by steaming Paula’s wedding dress and helped her to get ready. Keeping to tradition, the bride kept the groom waiting for half an hour, before making a grand entrance accompanied by her four daughters as bridesmaids. They then attended a small reception in the hospice's gardens surrounded by friends and family.
"“There’s always been something in the way of us getting married but thanks to EllenorLions we’ve made it" Paula said.
"Today has really lifted everybody’s spirits and we’re so thankful to everyone for making our dream come true. It’s lovely to see the kids so happy and everyone smiling.”