When terminally-ill Colin Crowther was taken to hospital by paramedics with dangerously-high blood pressure, he and wife Jayne feared it would mean them missing the renewal of their vows.

But nurses at Great Western Hospital’s A&E arranged for the ceremony to be held on the wards, with balloons, a cream tea and the celebrations being live-streamed over the internet to the couple’s family and friends. The paramedics who rushed Colin to hospital that morning also swung by to watch.

Jayne, 50, an administrator at Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Services, said: “We call them our angels in blue, green and white because they saved his life that morning and then to arrange everything for us to make our day so special – we can’t thank them enough.

“There are no words to thank them.”

Colin, now 53, and Jayne have been a couple for 26 years and married for 20. They were set up by his friends, who put them together on a night out in Swindon for her birthday. He walked her home. “He’s the whole package. He’s my soulmate. We just clicked from day one.”

They were married in August 2000 at the Bath Road Methodists’ church and have two sons, aged 18 and 14.

Three years ago tragedy struck and Colin was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. He went through a gruelling seven-week treatment programme consisting of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

He recovered, but began to suffer pains down his left side last summer. Doctors suggested it could be muscle spasms and recommended he change his mattress or go to the chiropractor.

In November, his oncologist at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, guessed the pain might be cancer. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

“When he got the diagnoses we thought we doing it, the vows, regardless. Colin’s mantra is ‘laughter and beers, not anger and tears’. We’re not blaming anybody. There’s no anger there. It’s just making as many happy memories with our family and friends as we can,” she said.

Friends and well-wishers had donated experiences, including a holiday. Lockdown meant the couple had to change the venue for the wedding vows ceremony at the last minute, with a small group expected to meet on open land at Jo-Jo’s Dairy Farm on Sunday afternoon.

When Colin was admitted to hospital on Sunday morning with a blood pressure two or three times higher than normal the plans had to change.

Jayne said: “I called the hospital and said is there anything we can do? Within a couple of hours they arranged everything.” Nurses even managed to play the couple’s song: Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One. The ceremony was taken by celebrant Ana Kelly.

Jayne is raising money for Prospect Hospice and Brighter Futures. Donate online at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JayneCrowther1.