A couple who had been together 20 years have tied the knot in hospital after one of them was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Mick and Nicola Cutforth exchanged their vows at City Hospital in an emotional ceremony before family and close friends.
Staff from Toghill Ward and Hayward House joined forces to decorate Hayward House’s hall for the ceremony.
Mick, a driver for T&S Heating, was admitted to hospital with breathlessness last month but was diagnosed with leukaemia and given the devastating news that his condition was terminal.
Mick and Nicola, of Arnold, have five children between them: Nicola’s are Joshua and Charlotte and Mick’s are Luke, Scott and Lindsey, who made their wedding cake.
“It was better than any of us could have imagined!” said nurse Megan Kearney, who cared for Mick on Toghill.
“There were lots of happy tears and grateful hearts – all made possible by the staff in the NHS pulling together to support their patients.
“It was a privilege to be able to make Mick’s wish come true and a real honour to be able to be part of such a special occasion.”
The couple chose Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You for their wedding song, as it perfectly captured their feelings for each other.
“The staff that organised and supported the wedding have been amazing,” said the new Mrs Cutforth. “It wouldn’t have been such a special day without them – I can’t thank them enough.”