Couple move wedding to hospice so terminally ill grandmother can be there


A couple tied the knot after organising their hospice garden wedding within three days so the groom’s terminally ill nan could be there.

Luke Hinojosa, 24, and Abi Morgan, 27, had planned to marry in June but were forced to cancel their nuptials thanks to coronavirus lockdown rules.

They rearranged the wedding for next May but Luke was concerned his beloved nan Vera Robertson might not live long enough.

The 72-year-old was diagnosed with myeloma cancer in 2017 and defied the odds after being given just 12 months to live.

She moved into St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln where she has been cared for ever since.

Luke and Abi re-arranged their wedding within three days

Luke and Abi, of Lincoln, decided to hold a special wedding ceremony at the hospice to ensure Vera could watch them walk down the aisle.

Poignant pictures show Vera watch the ceremony from her bed in the grounds of the hospice last Friday.

Luke was persuaded by his mum to hold the big day at the hospice

In a touching gesture, Vera was also given the role of ringbearer for the happy couple.

Bricklayer Luke, who has been with Abi, a retail worker, since 2014, said: “Getting married in front of my nan really made my year.

“She was delighted and loved every moment.

“We had hoped to have a big family wedding in June but obviously coronavirus stopped all of that.

“We got a new date for next May but we didn’t want to risk nan not being there.

“Last Wednesday mum and I had a phone call.

“She told me, ‘Look, Nan hasn’t got much time left with us’ and she actually wasn’t initially told but she knows she’s dying.

Just six guests were allowed to attend the wedding

“Mum suggested to me that Abi and I try and hold the ceremony at the hospice.

“I just instantly jumped on board and wanted to do it. That day mum got on the phone to the hospice and they were really up for it.

“It went from there, this crazy idea that we had three days to prepare for what was a wedding.

“It was absolutely fantastic. It’s been the best thing to come out of 2020 as a family.

Vera was diagnosed with myeloma cancer in 2017

“The staff were incredible and helped arrange the courtyard into a wedding venue.

“They put balloons up and nan was given the best spot in her bed.

“It meant the absolute world to us and my nan wouldn’t stop saying how honoured she felt that we’d all thought of her.

“We couldn’t stop smiling and just couldn’t be happier that she had a little ray of sunshine out of what has been a really awful year.

“As a family it brought us so much closer and made us realise not to take anything for granted.”

Due to the rules, just six people attended the ceremony before the hospice held a drinks reception outside.

Writing on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the hospice said: “Something incredibly special happened at our inpatient unit in Lincoln.

“A socially distanced wedding took place in the gardens to celebrate the marriage of Abi and Luke, the grandson of one of our patients.

“Their original wedding was postponed because of the coronavirus, but we are thrilled to have helped this event go ahead so Luke’s grandma could be there.

“Our nurses decorated the garden and our catering team provided a lovely afternoon tea for close family. Luke’s grandma was even able to perform the ring bearer duties from her bed.

“A hospice truly is so much more than ‘a place you go to die’. Countless families have made lasting memories in our hospice, which is so humbling to see.

“We help people to live as best they can for the time they have left.”





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