A terminally ill bride passed away just a month after she married her husband in a stunning hospital wedding arranged in four days.
Tash Young, 25, had a rare spindle cell sarcoma which doctors initially thought was a rib strain caused by moving heavy boxes.
Her boyfriend Simon, 33, proposed minutes after they found out she was not responding to cancer treatment and was given weeks to live.
In just four days her loved ones arranged a stunning wedding at Southampton General Hospital, which was given special licence to conduct the ceremony during lockdown.
A stunning video shows the emotional big day.
The smitten pair were married for just a month before she died, and now her family is fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care Unit.
Simon, a project manager from Southampton, Hampshire, said: “As soon as Dr Keay left the room after giving us the terminal diagnosis, I asked her to marry me.
“Our wedding day really was the happiest day of my life.
“It was a break from everything that was going on. We treated it as though nothing else mattered.
“For that day, we didn’t care about her diagnosis – we were just getting married and that’s all that mattered.”
Tash and Simon met on a blind date organised by a mutual friend in July last year, and he said he knew instantly she was “perfect”.
They moved in together just three weeks later, and spoke about marriage, but Tash wanted Simon to wait until they’d been an item for 12 months, before he proposed.
“She had rules about these sorts of things,” he said.
She started getting pain in her ribs in December 2019, and it was initially dismissed as a strain from moving boxes at work.
But the pain became excruciating, and she was eventually given an x-ray which revealed a “shadow” on her lung, and then a scan showed a mass.
Doctors thought it might be a cyst caused by a parasite she picked up while travelling abroad, but when it grew despite anti-parasitic medication, surgeons investigated.
An operation to remove half her lung on March 11 this year revealed she actually had a tumour on her diaphragm, which had spread to her lung and heart.
Tash, who worked in marketing at Winchester Cathedral, tried a number of different types of chemotherapy, but the tumour continued to grow.
The devastated pair were told she had between three and 12 weeks to live, in May this year.
Simon immediately got down on one knee and proposed in the hospital, and four days later on May 22 they got married in the hospital chapel.
The do was so hastily arranged, Tash’s classy white jumpsuit and Simon’s new suit only arrived on the morning of their special day.
Her sister Bex Longhurst, 26, and Bex’s partner Elly Dixon, 21, were given special permission to attend the ceremony, as well as Tash’s parents Kevan [CRRCT] and Suzanne.
Staff decorated the chapel and a hospital room for the reception, and the pair were allowed home after five days.
“Coming home was lovely,” said Simon.
“We made the most of every moment we had.
“She had good days and bad days, but on the good days we’d sit out in the garden.
“My parents came to say hello – and goodbye – and her cousin was able to visit, but nobody else really could.”
Unable to have the honeymoon to visit the Northern Lights they had dreamed of, Simon projected them onto the ceiling above her bed.
Her engagement ring finally a few days after the wedding and Simon proposed again, to ensure she didn’t miss out on the special moment.
In her final days he spent almost every second with her and added: “I just wanted every moment with her, to try and make her smile. Her smile was amazing.”
Tash died on June 25, with Simon by her side.
Her family are raising money in her memory for the Teenage Cancer Trust and have collected a staggering £18,000 so far.