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Cancer patient marries fiancee
10:00am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
DESPITE battling cancer, Prospect Hospice patient Sean Clark married his fiancee last week.
Sean, 50, of Oakhurst, is on the In Patient Unit at the hospice. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005 but he underwent extensive treatment and had been in good health until the reappearance of his illness in August 2011.
However, thoughts of Sean’s illness were banished last week when he tied the knot with his fiancee Vicki Rees in the garden room at the hospice.
The couple have known each other since they were young, but only came together in recent years. In the intervening years, both had families of their own and all five of the children they have between them were present at the day’s celebrations.
Sean said: “I was admitted to the hospice on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day we got engaged.
“For us both, this has been the ultimate plan, but circumstances have brought things forward for us.
“Just to be here, and for us to be able to be married here, it feels like a bonus.” Sean was full of praise for the care he has received during his stay at the hospice.
He said: “These people here have been fantastic.
“They have made my stay here as pleasant as it possibly could be, and I feel that we have forged some very strong bonds with so many of the people.”
Vicki was equally thankful to the hospice for enabling the couple’s wedding dreams to become a reality.
She said: “It has been lovely, and just on cue, the snow started just as we signed the register — a real white wedding.”
Staff at the hospice were delighted to be able to host the wedding and offered their congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.
Prospect Hospice patient service director Debbie Ho said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Sean and Vicki’s wish to be married here at the hospice and that we were able to make it happen so quickly is a real testament to the collaborative spirit of the whole team here at Prospect Hospice.”
For more information on Prospect Hospice and the care it provides, visit www.prospect-hospice.net.