Couple hold emotional wedding blessing at Teesside Hospice joined by former James Cook colleagues

Lorraine and her husband Madi have a wedding blessing at Teesside Hospice
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A patient at Teesside Hospice who has helped hundreds of children has held an emotional wedding blessing ceremony with her husband.

Lorraine and Madi, who initially tied the knot in Gambia last year, wanted to express their love and Madi's faith with their friends and family back home in England. Lorraine has been a committed medical professional for nearly four decades in critical care at James Cook Hospital and has impacted countless lives through her compassionate care.

Her colleagues from the late 90s, many of whom trained alongside her, gathered to celebrate the joyous occasion with her on June 4. During the ceremony, Lorraine expressed her gratitude to all her friends and family in her speech: "I'm so happy that you are all going to be here until the end, and I will keep fighting for you all."

Madi also shared his thoughts on the day, reflecting on their long journey together: "I'm just really happy, me and Lorraine have known each other for nearly eleven years, so I'm really glad to be able to come into the hospice with her.

"She is so well looked after and is in such good hands. I really appreciate everybody who has come and shown love and support, to help make her feel like she's at home. She is so safe here, and I just want to say thank you to everybody."

Lorraine and her husband Madi have a wedding blessing at Teesside Hospice
Lorraine and her husband Madi have a wedding blessing at Teesside Hospice -Credit:Teesside Hospice

Graham, Lorraine's brother, also gave a heartfelt speech about her life and the impact she's had on so many: "We’re here today to renew the vows of Lorraine and Madi. It’s the first time that I’ve ever been to a hospice, and Lorraine was very kindly admitted here to the ward. Lorraine has been a medical professional throughout her whole career, for nearly 40 years.

"She’s been absolutely taken aback by the level of care that she has received here, it has been superb. Lorraine herself is a very dedicated nurse, and she loved her work and was highly respected. Lorraine has been running a charity in Gambia for the last 10 years, where she has helped thousands of children in Africa. She has clothed them, educated them, given them medical treatment, and that’s how she met Madi, through a village called Choya in Africa.

"She has cared for many, many hundreds of children who have absolutely nothing. She met Madi, got married to him in Gambia last year, and has dedicated her life both to the care of patients, the children of Choya, and to Madi, her new love..

"The most important thing for me is the care and dedication that everyone is showing to her. It means so much, and the staff have been so helpful, friendly, and the medical care is second to none.

"It is a great accolade to you for all the work that you do, it has been absolutely superb, and I’m very touched by what you have all done for Lorraine, as she doesn’t deserve anything less. So thank you, to all of the staff, for what you have done for Lorraine."

This ceremony wasn't just a blessing of marriage, but a celebration of Lorraine's remarkable life and the love she has shared with Madi, her colleagues, and the children she's helped in Gambia.

Teesside Hospice would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making this special day possible, from Lorraine's family and friends to the dedicated staff: "Your unwavering support, love, and care continue to make a significant difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Our staff consistently go the "extra mile" to ensure that each patient and their loved ones feel comforted, cared for, and cherished at the hospice."

Teesside Hospice provides support to those living with a terminal illness and their families.

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