Hospital staff help rescue Nicky and Craig’s Big Day

The happy couple celebrate their marriage with their daughter Molly, 3. Photo: www.irisphotographygrantham.co.uk
The happy couple celebrate their marriage with their daughter Molly, 3. Photo: www.irisphotographygrantham.co.uk

A GRATEFUL bride has thanked Grantham Hospital after staff saved her wedding at the weekend.

Nicky and Craig Davenport, of Wentworth Drive, Grantham, were making final preparations for their wedding last week when Craig, 33, who is battling stomach cancer, pneumonia and a chest infection, was admitted to Grantham Hospital after a deterioration in his condition.

Nicky said: “We took him in ourselves because he doesn’t like ambulances any more and as soon as we got there he said “please get me ready for Saturday. I’m getting married”.

“From that, all the different staff rallied round to do their upmost to get him ready and more with it for our wedding.

“The staff, especially at the Emergency Assessment Unit, were amazing. They really went that extra mile to look after him.”

Up until the day before the wedding, Nicky and Craig were still unsure whether the wedding would go ahead. But the hard work of hospital staff meant Craig was able to get four hours away from the hospital to attend his wedding at Grantham Register Office and reception at Belton Park Golf Club.

Afterwards, the newly weds headed back to Grantham Hospital where Nicky was surprised to be told she would be able to spend the night with her new husband.

Nicky said: “When they said I can stay the night I thought “brilliant” and when we got there they covered us in confetti.

“They set us our own private room up and it was all decorated absolutely gorgeous.

I can’t thank them enough - but we did give them the top tier of our wedding cake!”

The couple had planned to honeymoon in Sutton-on-Sea but, with Craig’s return to hospital, Nicky’s sister was invited to go instead, taking the newly weds’ daughter with her.

It has been a stressful start to married life for the Davenports but Nicky is confident her husband will beat the cancer.

She said: “We have a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter and obviously he was terrified he wouldn’t get to see her grow up and go to school.

“But I know Craig is going to be alright.”