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Terminally ill man to renew his vows at St Oswald's Hospice after nurse's idea to cheer him up

David Steele and Stephen Downham are planning to renew their vows on Sunday and celebrate their love Credit: David Steele

A terminally ill man from Newcastle is due to renew his vows with his partner at St Oswald's Hospice on Sunday.

David Steele, 53, and Stephen Downham, 64, are set to renew their vows surrounded by family and friends.

David has terminal prostate cancer and explained how it was a suggestion from a nurse that prompted the idea to celebrate his love with Stephen.

He said: "I was talking to one of the nurses at the Hospice about how I was feeling a bit down and she was trying to cheer me up.

"She suggested that Stephen and I renew our civil partner vows, and I thought it was a really nice idea to celebrate our relationship and love.

"It was a whirlwind decision but we now have a guest list and all our family and friends are coming from all over the country.

David Steele has terminal prostate cancer but plans to celebrate his love on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Even though we have planned renewing our vows so quickly everyone can make it, it's like it's meant to be.

Although we are celebrating our love, it's also a less painful way of saying goodbye to family and friends. We had a quiet civil ceremony, but this time we are inviting lots of friends and family.

I'm very excited and all I want is an easy and stress free day.

– David Steele

St Oswald's spiritual care lead, Davina Radford, will be blessing the couple, who have been together for 30 years.

Anne Tuck, acting matron at St Oswald's Adult Inpatient Unit, said: "At St Oswald's we do all we can to care for patients and families while they are with us.

"It's a privilege for us to be part of David and Stephen's special day, and we're honoured that they trust us to help us organise the day for them."