Hospice helps family’s white wedding dream come true
Posted on 17 March 2017
When Joanne Perkiss and Allan Pippard from Faversham announced their plans to marry, the family were overjoyed and dreams of a fairy tale wedding began.
Then, while arrangements were being made, Joanne’s Mum Diane Mewett became ill and needed care from Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury.
Diane had dreams of sharing her daughters’ special day so, without hesitation, Joanne asked her Mum’s care team for help to arrange a magical wedding day at the hospice. She said she wanted her Mum “to be part of her very special day”.
The wonderful white wedding took place in the family lounge at Canterbury this week, after a civil ceremony for Joanne and Allan in Maidstone. A wedding party of 20 invited guests and Diane’s care team attended the blessing given by Martyn Yates, Spiritual Care Lead for Pilgrims Hospices.
We wanted do everything we could to make this possible for the family.
Martyn said: “We put the people who use our services and their families at the heart of everything we do here at Pilgrims. When Joanne approached us with her wedding thoughts, we wanted to do everything we could to make this possible for the family.”
Martyn, the care staff and Pilgrims volunteers busied themselves with plans and arrangements to make the special day happen for the wedding couple and Diane.
The family lounge was dressed with decorations; fresh flower arrangements and the Pilgrims catering team supported with a buffet for the guests.
This has been an amazing day for Mum and me.
Joanne said: “This has been an amazing day for Mum and me. I can’t explain how thankful I am to Pilgrims for the support given to Mum and the whole family.”
Joanne and Allan asked their family and friends to make a donation to Pilgrims Hospices as an alternative to wedding gifts.
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If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims free services, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about your options or visit Wellbeing and Social Programme.