Hospice becomes a wedding venue for patient's daughter
The Northern Ireland Hospice was transformed yesterday to host a wedding.
The event was organised at short notice to allow a mother to witness her daughter getting married.
A large room in the north Belfast facility was transformed with lights, bunting, balloons and cake as it became a wedding venue for the very special moment.
The mother of the bride, wearing her best outfit and with the help of portable oxygen, was then able to see her daughter tie the knot. The hospice said it was a "beautiful ceremony" conducted by its own chaplain.
"Many people are afraid of the word hospice, thinking it means death and dying, but at Northern Ireland Hospice we aim to bring life," the hospice said in a post on its Facebook page.
"Yesterday, we helped a mother witness her daughter say her wedding vows. The team transformed our day hospice into the wedding venue, helped the mother of the bride with her make-up, outfit and portable oxygen.
"It was a beautiful ceremony conducted by the hospice chaplain and supported by our social work staff."
The post added: "Makes you appreciate the important things and feel blessed."
One woman who attended the service described it as lovely, adding "it could not have been nicer or more relaxed".
She said: "It was a credit to all involved especially at such short notice. Thanks for a lovely day and evening everyone."
Since 1983, the Northern Ireland Hospice has become one of the province's leading charities, providing specialist palliative care to over 3,500 patients every year.