A dream wedding day for dying mum

Karen Garner and Paul McGuinness at the Tower House, Halifax.
Karen Garner and Paul McGuinness at the Tower House, Halifax.

Kind-hearted Calderdale folk rallied around to give a terminally ill Halifax mum the wedding day of her dreams.

Last month, the Courier told the story of Karen Garner after she received the devastating blow she had terminal stage four cancer of the lungs and brain.

She said she felt “numb” when doctors broke the agonising news that her best case scenario, with chemotherapy, was 12 months.

Despite her heartbreaking battle, Karen proposed to her partner of six years, Paul McGuinness, and friends, family, businesses and kind strangers across Calderdale quickly sprung to action to make her fairytale day a reality.

And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Karen made the emotional journey down the aisle at the Tower House, Pye Nest, Halifax, on Monday.

Before exchanging her all-important wedding vows with Paul, there was a poignant moment as Karen walked down the aisle with her two sons Harrison and Joshua.

The big day was coordinated by Karen’s closest friend Adele Jessop through the charity ‘Gift of a Wedding’, which gifts weddings, free of charge, for people with incurable or life-shortening illnesses.

They were inundated with offers to help out with the Winter Wonderland themed wedding.

Karen, 50, of Pellon, said: “I feel a million dollars, it has been absolutely amazing.

“I have not got enough words to thank everyone for what they have done.

“A massive thank you to everyone, it has been amazing, thank you for making my day so, so special.”

Adele thanked all who helped to make her best friend’s day possible and groom Paul said: “I’m just happy that it has gone so well, people have been so supportive and Karen looks stunning.”

Speaking before the wedding, Karen said: “Getting the wedding done, the kids, trying to get them on an even keel, that’s what’s keeping me going.

“I said right at the beginning, I want to see the boys turn 13 in June, I don’t want to miss that. I just want to thank everybody for being so supportive, I didn’t realise there were so many nice people.

“It’s overwhelming, it makes you realise you have to live life to the full day by day and cherish every moment.

“Live every day as if it’s your last.”

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