Tracy Brooks and Ray Kershaw planned on spending the rest of their lives together, however, fate took a drastic turn when their dreams of an island wedding to a cut short after Ray was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March.
The best part about the story is when the couple actually managed to get married, all thanks to donations of strangers who heard their heart-breaking story.
Mr. Kershaw was diagnosed with intestinal cancer which left him with a few days to live. Due to his failing health, he was required to stay at Springhill Hospice in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Thanks to the kindness of strangers and the charity foundation “Gift of a Wedding”, the couple got married last Saturday in a wedding ceremony that was put together in under 24 hours.
On that Saturday afternoon, Ms. Brooks became Mrs. Kershaw in a touching ceremony attended by close relatives, friends and nursing staff at the hospital.
Bridesmaid, Melissa King said that the couple had been flabbergasted by everyone’s generosity. She then extended the couple’s gratitude.
She said: ‘All Ray and Tracy knew the cancer was terminal so all they wanted was to get married.
‘What Gift of a Wedding did was incredible. They were up all hours the night before the wedding to make sure it happened.
‘I know Tracy and Ray can’t thank everyone enough for making it happen. We can’t believe how much people donated at such short notice.’
The Gift of a Wedding Facebook page shared this post: ‘We truly cannot thank each and every one of you enough who shared and commented on our post and most of all to the amazing suppliers who have come together at such short notice – you’re all brilliant.
‘Once again a huge thank you to all the suppliers who are donating their time goods and services to make sure our couple have a fantastic day.’
Even if it was for a short while, two lovers were united in marriage.