Terminally-ill woman, of Hainault, fulfils last wishes by getting married in hospice
PUBLISHED: 12:19 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:22 11 April 2016
The last wishes of a terminally-ill woman were fulfilled, when she married her partner in an intimate ceremony at Saint Francis Hospice.
Sharon Cashman, 51, who was diagnosed with cancer last December, joined Chris Cox, 50, at the altar of Saint Francis Hospice’s chapel, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, last Monday.
The couple, from Hainault, invited their close friends and family to celebrate the special occasion with them.
“It was beautiful – really lovely and peaceful,” said Mr Cox.
“The prospect of the wedding has kept Sharon going on up until Monday. She seems to be drifting away now but she is such a fighter.
“I think it’s love that is keeping her going,” he told the Recorder.
Debbie Fleming, who has known Sharon since they were both 16, said: “It meant everything to me to be there. She looked so lovely that it took my breath away.”
Sharon entered the Inpatient Unit at the hospice on March 31 after having spent six weeks at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, where she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer – now in its final stage.
There, she asked her future husband to marry her.
The newlyweds met on the internet nearly five years ago and Mr Cox said they have had “some lovely days together”.
“It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster but I am prepared for it,” added Mr Cox, a father of one, who is looking after his wife’s 13-year-old daughter Holly.
“This keeps my spirits up.
“I keep looking at the marriage certificate and I just cannot believe it.
“Everyone at the hospice was so helpful and kind and we could not have asked for more.”
Senior staff nurse Laura Birnie, who helped co-ordinate the wedding, said: “When Chris told us that they wanted to get married we were happy to help in every way we could.
“We are absolutely delighted that they had such a wonderful day which they were able to share with their friends and family.”
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