Loving friends and family of a young mum who has just months to live have pulled together to make her dream wedding a reality.
Thirty-two-year-old Amy Booth was diagnosed with cervical cancer in January 2014 and underwent months of intense treatment in a bid to beat the disease.
But on Christmas Eve the brave mum-of-one was dealt the devastating news her illness was terminal, with doctors predicting she had only six to nine months to live.
“There is no history of the disease in the family – it just came out of the blue,” said Amy, who lives in Killamash, near Sheffield, with partner Ian and their 12-year-old son Kai.
“After the treatment I thought they were going to say I was clear, but instead they told me it was terminal.
“I tried to have a nice Christmas for my son but it was a very emotional time.”
Amy and Ian married in May 2007 during a small ceremony with just a few guests – but after learning her cancer was incurable the couple decided to make Amy’s wish of a big church wedding come true in the time she has left.
Now caring friends and family have pulled out all the stops to ensure every element is perfect for the ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, February 7.
“We only had small wedding originally due to having no money or I would have had the big church wedding because that’s what I always wanted,” said Amy.
“We have been overwhelmed and touched by the amount of help people have given.”
The couple will tie the knot at St Giles Parish Church in Killmarsh before heading to Club Baize in Beighton, Sheffield, for their reception.
Amy will walk up the aisle together with Ian and Kai, who will be a pageboy.
She will be followed by 13 bridesmaids, all of whom have paid for their own dresses as well as Amy’s wedding shoes.
Big-hearted family members have covered the bill for the church, night do and decorations and Amy’s brothers have pooled their money to buy her wedding dress.
To complete the dream day, Amy’s dad has hired a vintage bus to transport guests.
She said: “I just keep saying thank you to everyone – I didn’t realise how much people cared.”
And people’s generosity has not stopped there – Amy’s old school friends have organised a huge party on January 31 to make her 33rd birthday one to remember.
Led by Andy Bailey, the big birthday bash at Sheffield’s Plug nightclub will be open to the public with the aim of raising enough cash through ticket sales to fund a honeymoon for Amy and Ian.
The night will include DJ sets from Andy and DJ Chris Jackin Juice Dutton, plus live music from artist Damon Hess, and band Little Crazy.
Amy added: “I’m really looking forward to both the party and wedding, especially as they will give me time with my friends and family.”
n Advanced tickets for the Amy Booth Birthday event cost £5 per person and are available from www.the-plug.co.uk
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