Today turned out to be an unforgettable one for Walsall Manor Hospital cancer patient Lorraine Cheal who was a VIP guest at her daughter and future son-in-law’s ring blessing ceremony, held specially on the ward.
Lorraine has lung and brain cancer and is receiving palliative care. She has never smoked or drank and has led a healthy lifestyle, her family say.
Daughter Melissa is marrying Jacob McCausland on 29 December this year but following diagnosis of Lorraine’s cancer she knows her mum will be missing for her big day.
With the help of the hospital’s palliative care team and staff on Ward 7, the Cannock couple visited Lorraine today with hospital Chaplain Anthony Swaby performing the ceremony.
“It meant such a lot to us because mum has been planning the wedding with me and was there when I chose my dress,” explained special needs teacher Melissa, aged 27.
“It was important for us to make this memory with her and when we have our wedding in December we will make sure the video that my godmother took of today’s ceremony plays a part. Mum smiled all the way through which was lovely as she wasn’t so well yesterday. We feel blessed to have this opportunity and to be able to share something so special.”
Groom Jacob, 26, a civil servant, said; “Melissa wore her wedding dress and the room had been decorated by staff; it seems a bit surreal as everything has happened so quickly. But it means so much to us both that this could be arranged.”
Ward 7 Sister Laura Trow added: “Melissa looked absolutely beautiful, stunning. We send her and Lorraine all our love.”