Hospital donation from Colin’s bride

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The wife of a former patient has donated £1,500 to the hospital unit that staged their wedding.

Colin Marriage, from Elmswell, was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in October 2011. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, his disease progressed and he died on the Macmillan Ward of West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, on July 17, last year.

He was due to marry fiancée Gemma at Alpheton Hall Barns in August of that year but, when the couple realised his condition was deteriorating, they decided to wed in a civil ceremony on the ward on July 7.

Friends, family and hospital staff pulled together to make their wedding day special, with just 24 hours’ notice.

The ceremony took place in the waiting room, which was decorated with sunflowers, and there was even a small buffet and a cake.

Gemma saved money given to them as wedding gifts and, unsure how to use it, combined it with donations from Colin’s funeral to give to the hospital’s Macmillan Unit.

She said: “I wanted to give something back to the ward in recognition of the exceptional care Colin received, and the support for myself. I hope this donation can be used to provide equipment or services which may help other people who find themselves in the same terrible situation.”