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Northfleet sweethearts marry at hospice

PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 June 2012

Northfleet sweethearts: husband Brian Gray and new wife Anne

Northfleet sweethearts: husband Brian Gray and new wife Anne

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A hospital patient finally married her lover in a Northfleet hospice chapel on June 6

A hospice patient finally married her lover after proposing to him 12 years ago.

Anne Carey, 62, popped the question to 73-year-old Brian Gray in 2000 during a leap year but they never made it down the aisle until last Wednesday (6) at the EllenorLions hospice chapel in Northfleet.

Mr Gray decided to give his sweetheart the wedding she had wanted for so long after she was diagnosed with cancer six weeks ago.

He said: “When I was visiting the hospital last week I got the 12-year-old ring out and said to her ‘would you like to get married?’ and she smiled and said ‘yes’.

“She has always looked after me and now it’s my time to look after her.”

Hospice staff pulled together to make sure that the ceremony could happen a few days after the proposal.

The pair tied the knot at the hospice chapel in front of friends and family.

The ceremony was followed by a reception in the conservatory, with a special wedding breakfast laid on by the hospice catering team and champagne supplied by the ward nurses.

Mr Gray added: “I’m just happy for Anne. She deserved to have her special day. My only regret is that we didn’t get married earlier but she is worth the wait.

“We can’t thank the hospice enough. They really are a different breed of people. The care they have given Anne is second-to-none and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for her.”

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