“It’s just like a fairytale wedding”: Duncan and Kate tie the knot at the hospice
The wedding was organised in just 24 hours.
Weldmar Hospicecare has made dreams come true for patient Duncan Clarke and his bride Kate Baldwin, who were married at 4:30pm on Thursday in the hospice’s Orangery Restaurant.
Licences, the order of service, flowers, catering, and photographs were all arranged within twenty four hours of Duncan and Kate deciding to tie the knot, and provided by the team at Weldmar. A reception was held on Friday lunchtime.
Duncan is being cared for at our in-patient unit in Dorchester.
“The doctor felt that because I’m relatively young”, says Duncan, “and I may have a couple of weeks left, rather than a day or two, so let’s try and make something of this. Let’s get married if we can, and remember it. There is a future. Whether the future is a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks, you never know it could be a few months, and Weldmar has made it possible for us to be husband and wife.”
Bride Kate Clarke was full of praise for the hospice. “They’ve actually pulled out the impossible. When we came to the hospice we never thought it would be possible to get married. It’s just like a fairytale wedding, it’s just been beautiful. There was no hassle for us – for example the chef asked us the day before what food we wanted, and to see the buffet today, everything is beautiful. It’s made our wedding.”
Weldmar’s Chaplain, Lucyann Ashdown (pictured signing the register below), performed the service in front of family and friends, and staff from the hospice, whilst Dr Paul Baker walked the bride down the aisle and performed a reading.
Director of Nursing, Caroline Sweetland, said, “Being able to put together a special occasion like this at short notice is such an important part of what we can do. We often talk about making the most of time and it was a huge privilege to be able to help on this occasion to make this such a special time for Duncan and Kate.”
The wedding, including catering from Weldmar’s catering arm Zest, were all provided free of charge – just like all other services. Weldmar believes that hospice care is more about what you can do for patients to make their end of life care as personal and individual as possible.
Our thanks go to Duncan and Kate for agreeing to share photos of their special day.