Terminally-ill north Norfolk woman weds partner at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
A terminally-ill woman from north Norfolk has fulfilled a life-long dream of getting married, despite being given only weeks to live.
Cancer sufferer Heather Cutting, 48, and her partner Trevor Collings, 47, tied the knot at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital today, in front of 40 of their closest family and friends.
The couple, who met 11 years ago when Mr Collings parked outside her previous home in Gimmingham, moved to Chapel Road at 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.
Mr Collings said: 'She started to feel uncomfortable and was originally diagnosed with trapped wind and given medication.
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'After a third time of going back to the doctors, they discovered Heather had fluid on the stomach.'
At the end of last month, following an operation to see the extent of the problem, she was diagnosed with cancer.
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'We were shell-shocked when we found out,' he said.
'I just felt numb because we've always been able to help each other and I've always been there to help her.
'You read about things like this but you don't expect it to happen on your own doorstop.'
Mr Collings popped the big question on Tuesday.
Hospital staff then spent the next 24-hours rallying around to help put in place all of the arrangements for todays's wedding.
As well as preparing food for the reception, they also decorated the hospital chapel with balloons.
The Rev Pauline Greasley praised today's good weather and said: 'Even the daffodils are nodding their head in approval.'
Mrs Collings was given away by her father Dennis Cutting, who wheeled her half way down the aisle to allow her to walk the rest of the way.
They were also joined by her daughter Sadie, 31, and sons Gary, 25, and Leon, 21.
At a very emotional service the bride and bridegroom thanked all of the people who had turned up at short notice and everyone who had helped make the big day happen.
'It still feels like a bit of a dream,' the bride said. 'I feel like I've been given an extra lease of life to fight a bit more.
'I love Trevor and my family dearly.'
Mr Collings added: 'I hope that our story will inspire lots of other people out there that it is never too late to fulfil your dreams.'
The couple asked for donations as a wedding present and plan to split the amount to be shared between charities Macmillan Cancer and Marie Curie Cancer Care.