Thelma and Ian tie the knot at John Taylor Hospice

Wedding bells are ringing for the second time in a week, as we celebrate the marriage of Thelma and Ian.

Thelma Heaven, who is currently receiving care from John Taylor Hospice teams, tied the knot with her partner, Ian Moore, in a beautiful ceremony hosted in the hospice grounds on Thursday 26th May.

In a real team effort, hospice teams and the local community pulled out all the stops for the couple’s big day. Inpatient Unit Nurse, Gina, pampered bride-to-be Thelma with a glamorous makeover, and our Personal Health Budget (PHB) Team arranged a tasty buffet for wedding guests.

Louise Careless, from local bakery Lou’s Cake House, whipped up a showstopper cake for the couple. Louise has a personal connection to the charity as her father, Tony Stevens, was also cared for at John Taylor Hospice.

Thelma’s beautiful bouquet and the buttonhole flowers were also prepared and donated by Helena from Kingstanding Florist, and on the morning of the ceremony a balloon arch was also donated by Katie Jayne Simner.

The couple were joined by 15 of their close family and friends at the ceremony which was held in our Living Well Centre. The family joined together to celebrate with music and blessings for the couple. They thanked the teams at the hospice for their hard work in organising the ceremony at such short notice.

Thelma looked beautiful as she made her entrance to the ceremony, and was met by cheers and a round of applause from wedding guests, our Inpatient Unit and Living Well Centre Teams.

Speaking about the special ceremony, Katie Roberts, Ward Manager, said: “It’s a real honour and a privilege to help grant Thelma and Ian’s wish to be married and to be involved in such a significant and special day for their family.

“It was a truly beautiful ceremony, full of love and celebrations.

“We wanted to make sure that Thelma, Ian and their family could have the celebration they deserved and that every moment of their special day was perfect.

“To be able to share such an intimate time with their family means so much to all of us at the hospice, we hope they had a wonderful day.”

Thank you to the newlyweds for sharing such precious photos with us and allowing us to be a part of your day. From everyone at The Hospice Charity Partnership, we wish Thelma and Ian all the best as Mr and Mrs Moore.

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