A patient staying at St Michael’s Hospice’s Inpatient Unit has described the emotion he felt after renewing his marriage vows at St Michael’s Hospice.

From St Michael’s Hospice:

Ron Brotherston and his wife, Julie, were due to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary in November but decided to bring forward a party for family and friends following a chat with our clinical team.

Whilst organising the get-together, the couple met with their friend, Rev Mark Townsend, who asked whether they had considered renewing their wedding vows.

“We just thought, ‘yes, we’d love to do that’, and it went from there,” said Ron, who has been with Julie for 23 years.

“St Michael’s were just brilliant when we told them what we’d like to do. The ceremony was led by Mark and took place in the Hospice’s Garden Room on a beautiful sunny day. The kitchen team put on food for us and helped make it such a happy yet emotional day for us both,” added Ron.

The pair were joined by their beloved dog, Tizer, a familiar face on our Inpatient Unit during his many visits to Ron’s bedside.

Julie said the day was attended by family and friends, who helped make it such a special occasion.

“It was a day I’ll treasure forever,” she said. 

“There were plenty of laughs, and a few tears, but it was a memory I’ll never forget.”

Ron has been staying at St Michael’s for the last month or so, and can’t speak highly enough of our staff and volunteers.

“St Michael’s is such a tranquil, relaxed place,” he said. “The staff are so attentive. 

“It’s just such a comfort to be listened to and to be asked what’s important to us. I couldn’t ask for more from anyone here, I really couldn’t.”