A terminally-ill woman has realised her dream of marrying her partner thanks to the kindness of local businesses.
Marria Nelms finally tied the knot with partner of five years Steve Gugan on Saturday after an appearance on a radio show sparked an outpouring of generosity from those wanting to help for free.
Marria was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008 and despite several rounds of chemotherapy followed by remission, the cancer sadly returned.
The 31-year-old was recently told by doctors that she only has months left to live, and it seemed she and Steve would never get their wish as all their savings went on arrangements for Marria’s funeral.
But an appeal on Mix 96 back in February sparked a massive response and offers poured in after listeners heard of the pair’s plight.
Cake makers, photographers, florists, jewellers, venues and dress makers all came forward to offer their services for free to give Marria the big day she’d always dreamed of.
Marria’s mum Wendy, of The Coppice, Aylesbury, said: “It was so overwhelming. We never imagined we would have such a massive response.
“We had a lot of duplicate offers and it was so hard to turn people down. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came forward– you know who you are.”
The couple , who met on a dating site and live together in Elm Farm, married at Aylesbury Register Office before enjoying a reception at Chartridge Park Golf Club near Chesham with more than 100 close friends and family.
Marria was too ill to talk to the Herald before we went to print, but Wendy said: “It’s a bittersweet pill, but it was the happiest day of her life and it’s something we will all hold in our hearts forever.”
Husband Steve, who works for BMW, said: “There were loads of tears, but it was a really happy day. It wouldn’t have been possible without the people of Aylesbury and we are just amazed that so many people came forward to help us.”
The newlyweds are now enjoying their honeymoon together in Margate.