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Jo donates mementoes of her special day to hospital staff who arranged wedding to dying fiancé at a day’s notice

Jo donates mementoes of her special day to hospital staff who arranged wedding to dying fiancé at a day’s notice

by Henry James (June 2019)

A WOMAN who was able to marry her terminally ill fiancé shortly before he passed away after caring hospital staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust arranged a service within a matter of hours, has returned to donate her treasured wedding decorations to be used by other couples in the same situation.

Nick and Jo Glover from Halsall were married in the chapel at Wigan Infirmary on Sunday, April 28 surrounded by family, a day after Nick, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2018, was admitted to hospital.

Following his diagnosis Nick decided to live life to the full but when the Macmillan palliative care team who supported him throughout, checked on him they suggested that the couple’s wedding, originally scheduled for this month, should be held as soon as possible.

It was decided to hold the ceremony that day and Sarah Simm, Macmillan palliative care nurse, contacted chaplain Caroline Tracey to start the planning, while palliative care specialist nurse Janette Sanders, and fellow chaplain Michele Ryan, enrolled help from staff across the trust.

This included the catering team providing a buffet for guests and the portering team who helped Sarah and Janette escort Nick down to the chapel in his bed.

Their efforts were greatly appreciated by Jo who said; “All of the staff went above and beyond. With any difficulty that we came across in organising the wedding at such short notice there was always someone there to support us.”

Despite his condition, Nick was able to read his own vows and following the ceremony, the couple were taken back to Lowton Ward where they were greeted by staff throwing confetti.

Sarah continued: “We place huge focus on individualising care for patients and their families. Organising the wedding meant that we could help to bring some happy memories to Jo and Nick’s final 24 hours together.”

Later that night Nick passed away aged 51 and Caroline met with the family to perform final prayers.

His funeral was held on May 20 where Caroline was asked to officiate and Janette and Sarah handed out orders of service.

Following Nick’s death Caroline kept in regular contact with Jo who was keen to make a donation to the trust.

Caroline said: “We had decorated the chapel with what decorations we had for the wedding but afterwards Jo said she wanted to donate some decorations should someone else need to hold a wedding.”

The decorations Jo donated included electric candles, dream catchers and light-up frames and are kept together in a storage box with a plaque reading: ‘Kindly donated with love from Nick & Jo Glover.’

Jo said: “It felt right to bring the items in to show our appreciation for all that everybody had done. I just know that Nick would be made up with what we’ve done.

“Everything just came together on that day. Nick’s sister was in the area attending a party from her home down south, so she was able to come to the wedding, and his best man, Chris, was on his way home from a trip to Scotland and made it just in time.

“I’m just so thankful to everyone at the hospital who helped us and gave Nick his final wish.”

As well as the decorations more than £1,500 has been donated to Macmillan in Nick’s memory.

Caroline said: “The chaplaincy and palliative care team are very grateful for the donation. We are overwhelmed with what Jo has given to us for any other couples who may get married whilst in hospital.”

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