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Cancer patient with days left to live marries girlfriend in emotional wedding organised by kind strangers

A groom who has just days to live married his love in a romantic ceremony organised in just 24 hours thanks to the kind donations of strangers.

Ray Kershaw, 63, and Tracy Brooks, 45, had hoped to tie the knot in Tenerife next year but ended up having a last minute ceremony on Saturday after Ray was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March.

Within hours of publishing an appeal, strangers and businesses had offered to pay for wedding cars, flowers, venue dressing, a cake and everything else required for the event.

Emotional Moment

Ray, who has cancer of the duodenum, has just days left to live and is currently being cared for at Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.

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But thanks to the generosity of strangers and the charity Gift of a Wedding, the couple, who both live in Shawclough, Rochdale, were able to get married.

Wedding organisers put out a call for donations for a ceremony originally scheduled to go ahead on June 2, the Manchester Evening News reports.

But as Ray’s condition started to deteriorate, the wedding was brought forward to Saturday, giving the families and Gift of a Wedding less than 24 hours to organise their big day 

Exchange of Marital Vows

 Ray and Tracy tied the knot at a moving ceremony attended by close relatives, friends and nursing staff at the hospice on Saturday afternoon.

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