Bride-to-be will be walked down aisle by terminally-ill father thanks to community donations
PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 04 April 2018
A 23-year-old’s life-long dream to be walked down the aisle by her terminally-ill father has been made possible thanks to generous donations.
Zoe Wright, from Sprowston, brought forward her wedding to this month after her 46-year-old dad, Mark, was diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer.
With his health deteriorating, Miss Wright wanted to make sure her father was able to see her marry the man he introduced her to three years ago.
But a lack of money to pay for the wedding at short notice meant it was not possible.
Now, people from across Norfolk have rallied together to help Miss Wright fulfil her dream - by donating money, rings and suits.
On April 21, she hopes to walk down the aisle with her dad by her side, before marrying her 23-year-old fiance Ryan Brant.
Miss Wright said: “I can’t even describe how I feel. The support we have received has been overwhelming.
“It is my dream, and my dad’s dream, for him to walk me down the aisle.
“He said he is going to do it no matter what, and if he doesn’t have the strength on his own, my brother will help him.”
Miss Wright’s brother Shane and his partner Shannon helped raise more than £1,000 for his sister through a crowdfunding page.
Meanwhile, suits were provided for free by Slaters Menswear in Norwich. Beaverbrookes in the Chapelfield shopping centre also donated rings for free.
Miss Wright, who suffers from various medical conditions, including fibromyalgia and Type 1 diabetes, managed to buy her wedding dress for £45 on Ebay.
She said: “We have had to plan the whole thing in four weeks. But my main concern is my dad.
“As long as he is there, I don’t mind if the smaller details don’t go to plan.”
The church of St Anne, on Colman Road in Earlham, is hosting the event for free.
Miss Wright said her father has gone from weighing 12 stone to just eight-and-a-half stone as a result of his cancer.
She claimed doctors told her dad last year that his inability to keep food down was due to stomach ulcers.
But a scan after Christmas revealed it was cancer.
“The hospital said there is nothing they can do,” she said.
Her aunt, Sharon Kidd, 45, said: “It is amazing how quickly it has all come together.”