Duncan and Kate get their fairytale wedding at Weldmar

Duncan and Kate get their fairytale wedding at Weldmar

Published by Maria Greenwood at 1:15pm 24th September 2019. (Updated at 2:12pm 24th September 2019)

Weldmar Hospicecare has made dreams come true for patient Duncan Clarke and his  partner Kate Baldwin.

The couple were married at the hospice in Dorchester - just 24 hours after deciding to tie the knot.

The entire wedding was organised by staff.

Groom Duncan who is being cared for at the inpatient unit in Dorchester said:

"The doctor felt that because I'm relatively young, 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."

Duncan Clarke and Kate Baldwin tied the knot just 24 hours after they decided to get married.
Duncan Clarke and Kate Baldwin tied the knot just 24 hours after they decided to get married.

The service was attended by family, friends and staff, and was performed by Weldmar's Chaplain, Lucyann Ashdown.

Dr Paul Baker walked the bride down the aisle, and delivered a reading at the ceremony. 

A reception to celebrate the couple's union was held the following day.

Bride Kate said:

"They've actually pulled off the incredible.

"When we came to the hospice, we never thought it would be possible to get married. Its just like a fairy tale wedding, it's just been beautiful."

The wedding, including the order of service, flowers, catering, licences and photographs were all provided by the team at Weldmar free of charge as part of Duncan's end of life care.

The couple were married at the hospice in Dorchester - just 24 hours after deciding to tie the knot.
The couple were married at the hospice in Dorchester - just 24 hours after deciding to tie the knot.

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 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."

All care provided by the hospice is free, and funded by public donations.

Weldmar need to raise £18,000 a day to fund these services, doing so through fundraising and their chain of charity shops and outlets.