St Peter's hospice in Bristol have helped a couple marry after just three days of planning
A Bristol couple have tied the knot in a special whirlwind wedding ceremony which took place at St Peter’s Hospice after just three days of planning.
Geoff, 65, and Theresa Hudson, 68, of Ashton Gate, married in front of a small group of family and friends at Bristol’s only adult hospice, following Geoff’s terminal cancer diagnosis, which came just a few weeks ago.
Now undergoing pain relief treatment at St Peter’s Hospice, Geoff asked spiritual care coordinator Neil Aplin, to help him realise his dream of marrying partner of nine years, Theresa.
Neil advised Theresa to apply for a special license to marry at the hospice. When she visited the register office last Friday they said they had an opening on the following Tuesday and Theresa jumped at the chance to marry her soulmate so quickly.
With the help of friends and family who pitched in to make the cake and sort the flowers, and the support of the hospice staff, who made sure the day went without a hitch, Geoff and Theresa enjoyed an emotional ceremony in the hospice Sanctuary Room just three days later.
Theresa said: “Everyone at the hospice has been amazing and have done so much to make today happen.”
Geoff said: “This is the most amazing place they are not just supporting me, but also my family. I will be forever grateful to them for helping organise the best day of my life.”
Geoff was first diagnosed with a cancerous growth in his bladder last spring and shortly after suffered a heart attack. It was then discovered that the cancer had spread to his bones but the heart problems meant chemotherapy was not an option.
Radio therapy is now being used to help prolong Geoff’s life and his pain relief and emotional support is being taken care of at St Peter’s Hospice.
Johnny Flanagan of St Peter’s Hospice said: “It was a wonderfully touching moment to see Geoff and Theresa tie the knot at the hospice. The love between them was obvious and everyone at the hospice was delighted to be able to help make this special occasion happen.
“Our care does not only extend to medical support. We work to make sure our patients and their families are emotionally, psychologically and spiritually supported. It’s all about making sure their lives are made as comfortable, happy and fulfilled as possible.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.
To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice please visit www.stpetershospice.org