Cleo & Keith's Wedding at Bolton Hospice

Cleo & Keith's Wedding at Bolton Hospice

  Published to Hospice Stories on Oct 10, 2018

On Friday 5th October we hosted a very special wedding at the hospice.

Cleo, who has lung disease, was admitted as an inpatient to Bolton Hospice a few weeks ago. After a chat with her nurse Lauren one evening, she revealed she wanted to marry the love of her life before she died.

So the next day, the whole team at Bolton Hospice rallied round to make it happen!

The fundraising team visited the Bolton Hospice charity shop in Horwich which specializes in wedding dresses and occasion wear and picked out a selection of dresses for Cleo to choose from. Cleo only had eyes for one of them and it fit perfectly - it was meant to be! Our wonderful volunteers at the charity shop also helped Cleo's daughter pick a special bridesmaid dress from the shop!

The lovely ladies from Evolve clinic in Bolton donated their time to do Cleo's make up on the big day, a kind supporter donated an amazing wedding cake and we had Cleo's favourite rainbow flowers imported in at short notice to make her day extra special!

The whole team at the hospice got together to decorate our prayer and reflection room with flowers, wedding decor and special photos of Cleo & Keith's family. Our spiritual lead and chaplain John Hall organised for a registrar to attend and at Cleo's request, John carried out the beautiful ceremony. The fantastic catering team at Bolton Hospice also put on a delicious buffet for the wedding guests after the ceremony.

Over 30 guests attended on the day, including Cleo’s doctors and nurses from the hospice, and family and friends who were there to witness the couple finally tie the knot after 18 years together! 

You can watch the video of the ceremony here.

Cleo has set up a JustGiving page to help Bolton Hospice raise much needed funds to enable us to help more patients like Cleo. You can donate to Cleo’s fund here.

On her page she says, 

To anyone that knows me knows that I am poorly but didn’t quite know the extent of my illness due to me not saying anything, now that you all know how serious this is due to me being in the hospice for 4 weeks I would be more than grateful if you could find it in your hearts to please donate as much as possible to bolton hospice as they have been extremely good with me and my family. They arranged a wedding in 2 days to make my dream come true of marrying my true love, two days after tying the knot bolton hospice staff had to save my life.

Thank you 

Cleo Seddon x

If you’d prefer you can text CLEO10 to 70070 with a donation amount to donate directly to her fund. For example – CLEO10 £5 to 70070. 

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