Wed in three days – dying bride’s wish comes true

Newly married couple Lorraine and Norman Younger.
Newly married couple Lorraine and Norman Younger.
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BRAVE bride Lorraine Younger had her dream wedding organised in just three days after being told her cancer was terminal.

The terminally-ill 37-year-old said “I do” to her partner of 12 years, Norman, in front of family and friends at St Benedict’s Hospice.

It’s something the Grindon pair had always planned on doing but Lorraine’s rapidly-spreading secondary cancer made them decide to cement their love as soon as possible.

Lorraine, née Stafford, was diagnosed with secondary cancer in her brain and skin last October after an initial fight against breast cancer in 2011 failed to rid her body of the disease.

In just three months, the cancer has taken hold of her body to such an extent that hospice staff advised the mum to marry in the next couple of weeks before she becomes too ill.

At her side were daughters Stacey Younger, 10, a pupil at Broadway Junior School, and Natasha Stafford, 17.

“It’s meant so much to have everyone here,” said Lorraine.

“I am so proud of my daughters.

“This is something we have always wanted to do but we’ve just never got round to it, but my health is deteriorating so rapidly that we were told it was best to do it now.

“It’s all happened so fast. I was hoping I would be able to go home but the hospice don’t think that will be possible.”

Everyone rallied round to plan the wedding in just three days and give the pair a ceremony to remember.

Norman, 45, who works for a metal work company, said: “Having this to focus on has helped. It hasn’t all sunk in yet really.

“Everyone has been amazing. You don’t realise until something like this happens just how good your friends are.

“People’s support has been out of this world.”

The day also marked daughter Natasha’s 17th birthday as friends and family gathered at the couple’s local The Hastings Hill to mark the occasion.

Lorraine, who used to work at Spar, in Chester Road, said: “It would be nice if we could get away for a couple of days but I don’t know if that’s going to happen.

“We’re taking each day as it comes. At the minute I’m taking a lot of painkillers but they are starting to wear off.

“The staff at the hospice have been amazing though, as have our friends.

“The girls are strong when they are with me but there is a phone book of people I know they could turn to if they needed help.”

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