Shropshire Star

Telford woman with cancer gets her dream Christmas wedding for free as venue and suppliers pitch in

A young Telford woman battling cancer for the third time has been given her dream Christmas-themed wedding for free after a venue and all its suppliers rallied round.

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The happy couple, Katelen and Billy, with Katelen's father Barry

Katelen Cheshire, 23, from Malinslee, was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was just 19.

While she twice gone into remission, when she was planning her dream wedding to 29-year-old fiancé Billy Green earlier this year, she discovered her cancer had returned for a third time.

However, after Cindy Edwards, owner of Stanford Farm in Halfway House near Shrewsbury, heard of Katelen's battle with the disease, she not only offered her wedding venue for free but convinced scores of her suppliers to help out.

No fewer than 34 local businesses joined in and offered Katelen and Billy everything from her dress and makeup to the catering and even a snow machine, all given free of charge to ensure she got the big day she had dreamed of.

Katelen and Billy were greeted with a snow machine

Billy and Katelen tied the knot at 1pm on Friday.