Eve’s Trust helps provide a Dream day to remember.
On Saturday 31st of January the Keepmoat Stadium played host to a magical & emotional occasion, the wedding of Bentley residents Jacqueline Collins (42) & James Malton (38).
Jacqueline, a young mother, is currently undergoing treatment for a terminal Cancer condition by the name of Glioblastoma Multiforme (the most aggressive form of brain tumour). Having been diagnosed in April 2014 Jacqueline was quickly sent to undergo a Craniotomy, a surgical operation in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull to access the brain. This was quickly followed by months of ongoing treatments that have been naturally draining and extremely tiring.
Despite the obvious negative impact to their lives It was the couples desire to be able to commit & declare their love for each other before Jackie’s condition entered its final stages. Their wish was to do this with everybody that was special in their lives, to create and leave some amazing, positive memories for everyone involved.
To help with their Dream, Jackie’s sister Karen contacted Doncaster based Cancer charity The Eve Merton Dreams Trust through Facebook. Touched by their story, the charity, with the support of the lovely people of “Minster Law Solicitors,” were eager to help make this dream a reality. Our charity co-founder Clynton Johnson said, “Jackie & Jim are genuine lovely people and it was a real honour & a pleasure to not only meet them but for us to help & be a part of their special day. We hope it brought a smile to all that were there and will remain a positive family memory for years to come”
The day itself went off without a hitch. Jacqueline would have her hair and nails done in the morning to be picked up in a classic Rolls Royce from St. Johns Hospice in Balby. She arrived, traditionally late, looking spectacular in her beautiful white wedding dress, ready for the day ahead.
Proud husband Jim commented,
“Jackie looked absolutely stunning, When I was standing there, and the bridesmaids were walking up the aisle and parted so I could see Jackie, I had a lump in my throat. It took everything not to start crying there and then, but I wanted to hold it together because I knew what an emotional day it would be.”
An emotionally proud Jim continued to say,
“The day was completely perfect. Everyone couldn’t help but tear up. We went for traditional vows because we knew it was going to be an emotional day and we wanted to get through it. It meant so much to us to be able to get married in front of all of our friends and family. Ever since Jackie was a little girl she’s wanted to be able to have a big wedding, with the dress, nails and tiara and the Eve Merton Dreams Trust have made that come true. I will never be able to thank them enough for what they’ve done for us.”
Jackie, tired from the day but in good spirits, returned to St. Johns Hospice as the rest of the family continued to celebrate the day at the weddings evening reception. “The girls at St John’s Hospice put rose petals on two beds and pushed them together for us. We ate a McDonalds and cuddled, which was just perfect. To us, that was better than if we had been at The Ritz or anywhere, because we were together.”
Eve’s Trust would like to say a few special “Thank You” to the people that helped make this day possible and in turn as special as it was.
Everyone at the Trust would like to thank:
- Everyone at Minster Law Solicitors for donating funds to help make this Dream come true
- Helen @ Tyson Limousines for providing a classis Rolls Royce
- Marie @ CupCakes 2 Love
- Sam @ Glamourpuss for providing amazing table & chair covers with Dawn adding finishing touches, flowers
- Wendy @ Ballooneytoons
- Bliss for providing the stunning wedding dress
- Staff @ St. Johns Hospice
- Glynne @ Studio 32 – Photography
- Andrew & Andrew Kelly Photography
- Jo McGhee – Jackie’s friend who did a fantastic job with Jackie’s hair
Thank You one & all
You can see more pictures in our gallery.