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Wedding renewal wish granted on ward

25 April 2018

Health Care

Dedicated staff on Bedwell ward at Southend University Hospital worked hard to create a memorable wedding service for one of their patients, Margaret Hayes and her husband Terry, who renewed their vows on Margaret’s birthday, Sunday 8 April.

The service was planned to take place in the community, but sadly, due to Margaret's health, the decision was made for the loving couple from Shoeburyness to have their ceremony on the ward.

Margaret, 71, has metastatic breast cancer and is currently an inpatient for symptom management and isn't scheduled for any further treatment. Margaret has now been discharged home to spend precious time with her family and friends.

Of the day and dedication of staff, Terry, 70, said: "We were so pleased that we could renew our vows on the ward with our friends and family around us and that the service could still be held on Margaret's birthday.

The ward staff went above and beyond their role and several members of staff came in on their day off to decorate the area to make it as special as possible. We really couldn't thank them enough."

Around 26 members of Mr and Mrs Hayes' family and friends attended the service and enjoyed a tiered cake to celebrate the occasion.

Matron, Avril Bunker said: "I am very proud of the staff on Bedwell ward - they really gave their all, and Margaret and Terry have been overwhelmed by their care, compassion and understanding at this difficult time."

NR 22b (2018)