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A groom organises wedding in 24 hours for terminally ill partner

Groom organises wedding in 24 hours for terminally ill partner

A groom pulled out all the stops to organise a wedding in 24 hours as his terminally ill fiancée was told she may only have days to live

Mark Batt-Rawden organised an entire wedding within 24 hours after receiving the tragic news that his other half Maggie had only days left to live. The couple first met three years ago and got engaged last year.

Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, tragically the disease spread to her lungs earlier this month and her health deteriorated rapidly. Last Friday (20th November) medical staff broke the news that Maggie may not survive the weekend. At 7pm Mark began making inquiries about the possibility of getting married, and by 9.30pm wedding plans were well underway with a registrar booked and ceremony set for 1pm in hospital the following day.

Hospital staff at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guilford quickly began organising bunting, flowers and fairy lights to transform the hospital bay.

A groom organises wedding in 24 hours for terminally ill partner
Monday Steedman,

A make-shift chapel was created and Maggie was brought up the aisle in her hospital bed, led by her three children James, 24, Tim, 20, and Lizzie, 18, surrounded by family and friends.

Mark told the Huffington Post:

Maggie and I were overwhelmed by the hospital team, they made the impossible happen and created a dream wedding given the most hopeless circumstances – they even bought balloons and a wedding cake.


“The wedding will be a memory of a lifetime, not only for us but everyone who attended.


“Maggie had absolutely no idea how many people were coming and had not seen any of the preparation in the room, the expression on her face was a picture. It was a true delight to see.”

A groom organises wedding in 24 hours for terminally ill partner
Monty Steedman,

Maggie said:

The love and compassion showed by Monty and the Albury Ward Team and my family and friends allowed us to give everyone the opportunity to see me, perhaps for the last time, in a happy way where congratulations replaced goodbye.”

Maggie surprised the doctors by living through the weekend, but sadly her illness is still terminal.

Featured photo credit: Monty Steedman,

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