Husband from Roughton pays tribute to terminally-ill wife who died two weeks after their Norwich wedding
The husband of a terminally-ill woman from north Norfolk who died just two weeks after their wedding, has paid tribute to his 'rock'.
Cancer sufferer Heather Collings (nee Cutting), 48, and her husband Trevor, 47, tied the knot at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last month in front of 40 of their closest family and friends.
Soon after Mrs Collings returned home on Mothers Day to spend her remaining time with her family and sadly died at her home in Chapel Road, Roughton, on Monday.
'She fought every step of the way before the cancer stripped her of what she loved most of all - life,' said Mr Collings.
'Heather was the central hub of her family, friends and work place and brought out the best in all who knew and loved her.'
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The couple met 11 years ago when Mr Collings parked outside her home in Gimingham and they moved to Roughton eight years ago after finding their 'dream bungalow'.
They had almost finished renovating their home when she became ill on New Year's Eve last year and following tests, after complaining of stomach pains, she was diagnosed with cancer in January.
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It soon became apparent that the cancer was not curable but Mr Collings, who was determined to fulfil her life-long dream of getting married, popped the big question on March 13.
Hospital staff at the N&N rallied round and within 24 hours all of the arrangements for the wedding had been put in place and the couple wed on March 15.
Mr Collings hoped that their story would inspire lots of other people and show them that it is never too late to achieve their dreams.
'Heather reached out and touched many heart strings,' he said.
'She was my rock and the life and soul to both myself and her family.'
Mrs Collings worked as a full-time housekeeper in Paston but had to give it up due to her illness. Before that she worked as head housekeeper at Cromer Country Club.
She leaves behind three children - her daughter Sadie, 31, and sons Gary, 25, and Leon, 21.
? Everyone who knew Heather is invited to a church service in Gimingham, the date to be confirmed.