‘I’m so proud of you babe’ - Cancer-stricken bride celebrates dream wedding day thanks to thousands raised in money and donations
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A cancer-stricken bride has enjoyed her dream wedding after thousands of pounds worth of donations and gifts from members of the public made the whole day possible.
Amy Innes married her partner of 10 years Gareth Innes in front of emotional friends and family in a unforgettable day at Lenwade House.
The 34-year-old from Earlham was diagnosed with cancer of the lungs, shoulder and spine just days before Christmas after feeling unwell while watching the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Norwich Theatre Royal.
Following the diagnosis, Gareth, 37, proposed to her on Christmas Day and her friends and family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the couple and appeal for donations for the wedding.
Hundreds of people came forward and they managed to get the majority of the wedding for free, including the venue, dress and food, meaning that the £16,000 on the fundraising page could be used for pair's family.
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Amy was followed down the aisle a large group of bridesmaids and her two daughters, Tian, 11, and Lexie, nine, who acted as flower girls.
Gareth described Amy as a 'warrior princess' and the 'strongest woman' he has ever met as he paid tribute to her in a tear-filled speech.
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He said: 'Amy is kind, caring and loving and will do anything for anyone at any time. She is a hard working, proud woman with a massive heart.
'I'm so proud of you babe and so is everyone else for being a fighter and for being a warrior princess to me after all you have been through.
'You are an inspiration to me and the strongest woman I have ever met.'
Amy had been experiencing severe shoulder pain and dislocations for months before her diagnosis and was told to have physiotherapy while she continued to work as the manager at the Muddy Cup in the city, the café which her mother owns. It turned out to be the tumour pushing on her nerves.
The cancer had spread from her lungs and she had to endure a 10-hour operation to remove part of the tumour which had crushed three of her vertebrae in her spine. The surgeons also inserted two metal rods along her spine to support her spinal cord. She now has limited mobility and she is having radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
Gareth also used his speech to thank every one for making the day possible and for all the donations.
• If you want to leave a donation for Amy and her family you can visit the fundraising page at https://www.gofundme.com/AmysWish.