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Patient marries at Hospice

  • Published date
    09/03/2016
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

A young mother had her wish granted on Friday 5 March – to marry her partner of 10 years in front of family and friends.

Inpatient Erika, 29, and partner Mindavgas were married in the Hospice’s Room of Quiet in an intimate wedding that took just 24 hours to organise. The Hospice’s supportive care team learnt of the couple’s wish to marry earlier that week and the team rallied the help of the local community to get everything organised for the big day.

Following a single plea for help on Facebook, which was seen by 19,000 people, the Hospice was able to fulfill the couple’s wedding wishes.

On the day, Erika’s room and the Room of Quiet were decorated with beautiful flowers donated by local florists and Floral Angels (a charity that restyles flowers from events and delivers to places in need in the community). Her stunning bouquet, made with pink roses, was also donated by a generous member of the public who had seen our call for help.

The bride had her hair and make-up prepared and styled in her room before being helped into her dress – which had been lent to her by a member of staff. Erika, who is receiving specialist palliative care from the Hospice’s community, inpatient and supportive care teams, was able to walk down the aisle to meet her husband-to be and their six-year-old son.

Staff, volunteers and well-wishers joined the ceremony which was led by a registrar and then a Lithuanian priest. The day was rounded off by the couple cutting their wedding cake and having their first dance in the Living Room.

Chief Executive Pam McClinton said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to support Erika and Mindavgas’ wish to be married here at the Hospice. That we were able to make it happen so quickly is a real testament to the collaborative spirit of the team here at North London Hospice and our local community.

‘On behalf of all of the team at North London Hospice, I would like to thank our wonderful local community for their help and support in making the occasion so special. The response to our Facebook plea for help in organising the day was overwhelming. From beautiful flowers, a cake, hairdressing, make-up, a dress, photographer, champagne and music – we were able to cover all areas and create a really memorable occasion.

‘Offers of help came from so many amazing people who support and care for the Hospice, that it would be impossible to name them all. However, you know who you are and we want you to know how much we appreciated all your efforts and kindness. Thank you all so much for supporting your local Hospice.’

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