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Saint Francis Hospice helps save the day by helping poorly Romford nan get to granddaughter’s wedding

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 October 2017

Joyce Turner, 89, at her granddaughter's wedding, thanks to help from staff at Saint Francis Hospice. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Joyce Turner, 89, at her granddaughter's wedding, thanks to help from staff at Saint Francis Hospice. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

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Hospice staff and nurses made it their mission to make sure a poorly 89-year-old woman could go to her granddaughter’s wedding on time.

Joyce Turner, 89, with granddaughter Alex Stammers, her husband Andy and their two children, on their big day. Picture: Saint Francis HospiceJoyce Turner, 89, with granddaughter Alex Stammers, her husband Andy and their two children, on their big day. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

When Joyce Turner, who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was admitted to Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower last month, her family were upset that she might not have been able to go to her granddaughter Alex’s wedding.

But when those at the hospice found out about Joyce’s one wish, they knew what to do.

As Joyce’s health began to improve thanks to the specialist care she received, she became evermore determined to go to the wedding and everyone was more than happy to help her.

So the night before the wedding, staff arranged for Joyce, from Romford, to have a Jacuzzi bath and one of the nurses did her hair.

Then on the morning of the big day, they did her make-up and helped her get into a beautiful dress which her family brought in, before Joyce left in a taxi, waving to the delighted staff and volunteers.

Sister Margaret Power said: “Everyone knew how much it meant to her and the doctors and staff were involved in making it the best it could be for her.

“On the day we all made a big fuss of her and by the time she left, she looked absolutely amazing.

“She was so happy as she went off in the cab she looked like royalty as she waved to everyone.”

Joyce’s daughter Sue Learmouth, said Alex originally planned to tie the knot in Majorca but decided to get married in The Lion Inn in Chelmsford because she wanted her nan to be there.

Her family were also overjoyed when Joyce was well enough to return home earlier this month.

Sue said: “When mum arrived at the hospice she was so poorly we did not think she would make the wedding.

“We are overwhelmed by what all the staff have done for her.

“We cannot believe they found the time to do what they did - they put themselves out no end.

“Alex was over the moon when her nan turned up and it really made her day.”

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