A HAPPY couple tied the knot at Ashgate Hospicecare last week (16th October) with the support and help of the hospice team along with kind donations from local businesses.
Lindsay and Simon, along with their 19 month old son Isaac, tied the knot in a moving and socially distanced ceremony in Ashgate’s boardroom – which was transformed for the day – with their family and friends.
Lindsay – who is now Mrs Birley – says: “We had such a special day thanks to Ashgate. We had hoped I would be well enough to get married in Chesterfield, but it wasn’t possible so I can’t thank the hospice enough for everything they have done. We’ve been going through some tough times but it was a really lovely day.
“I’d class Ashgate as my second home. My family can’t believe how well I’ve looked since I’ve been here but it’s because my medication got switched around so I’ve been sleeping so much better and shows how comfortable I am.”
Lindsay, who has pancreatic cancer, is currently being cared for by the hospice’s Inpatient Unit team, including Consultant in Palliative Medicine Anne-Marie Carey. Anne-Marie said: “I’m so happy that this special day was able to go ahead and Lindsay, Simon and Isaac were able to have the special day they had hoped for and we all wanted for them.”
Social distancing regulations meant that no reception could take place, so Hospice Chef Mark Taylor created special takeaway wedding breakfast boxes for guests.
Ashgate’s fundraising team pulled out all the stops to source donations from local businesses for the happy couple, and once again the local community showed their generosity – providing shoes (Blanc & Blanc Occasions), flowers (Fresh Ideas Florists), makeup and hair (Natalie Reynolds MUA), room dressing (Weddings by Dragonfly) and photography (Tom Hodgson Photography). The couple’s wedding cake was supplied by Lambs Cupcakes of Chesterfield, who were able to produce the wonderful design, colour co-ordinated to match Lindsay’s dress, cheaper than usual.