A wedding wish has come true for a bride who feared her terminally-ill mother wouldn’t live to see her tie the knot.
Kerry Webb, from Little Dewchurch, was planning to marry Dean Badhams-Williams although the couple hadn’t set a date, but when Kerry’s mum, Cindy Davies, was diagnosed with terminal cancer just six weeks ago, the bride-to-be decided to bring the wedding plans forward. She wanted her mum to see her in her wedding dress.
Having mentioned her wishes to staff at St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree, where Cindy is being cared for, the family was told a wedding blessing could be arranged by the chaplaincy team at the Hospice last Saturday, which was attended by around 50 family and friends.
‘I just didn’t want to get married without my mum being there,’ said Kerry, who was given away by her grandad, Cindy’s father. ‘I wanted her to see me in my wedding dress.’
The blessing was arranged at such short notice that Kerry hadn’t even chosen a dress, instead wearing one which had been donated.
After the blessing, the couple enjoyed their first dance – Adorn by Miguel – before guests enjoyed food prepared by St Michael’s.
‘The Hospice has been amazing in making everything possible,’ added Kerry, who is 31.
‘From the moment I mentioned what I’d like to do, they’ve been great and have even sorted catering and a photographer, Cat Beardsley Photography, who took photos on behalf of St Michael’s.
‘It all happened so quickly, but it means so much to us.’
The blessing is set to be followed by a wedding service at Hereford Register Office later in the year.