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Bride thanks town for wedding support

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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Bride thanks town for wedding support

AN ANNAN mum diagnosed with terminal cancer has thanked the community for helping her tie the knot.

Lianne Forster’s life was turned upside down after she was told that her cancer is untreatable.

She got the news in February 2021 that she had skin cancer and underwent three surgeries, then was given the all clear last year.

However, the cancer returned and Lianne was told it had spread and is now incurable.

When the 34-year-old shared her sad news last year with friends and family, a fundraiser was set up by pal John Patterson and raised over a staggering £11,000.

The money raised – thanks to donations from the community and other fundraisers across the town – has aided Lianne and her family, including her young daughter and step daughter, both called Georgie.

It has helped pay for a wedding and holidays to make memories with her family.

Lianne and new husband Craig had planned to bring their wedding forward to this summer, but after more bad news they decided to get hitched last month instead at Annan Town Hall, followed by a stay at Hetland Hall.

The newlyweds

Lianne told the Annandale Observer this week: “I can’t stress enough how this wouldn’t be able to go ahead without the generosity of such amazing people.

“The wedding went without any drama thanks to the ladies at Annan Town Hall who were fantastic and had lots of aids to help me as I’m struggling to walk now.

“We got to stay at Hetland Hall on the night of the wedding as well. It was gorgeous.

“People’s generosity has been second to none. When we arrived back at hospital the room had been completely decorated with balloons and signs, beautiful flowers and a cake. It was gorgeous and such a nice touch from the nurses.

“Apart from helping with the wedding, we have had some lovely trips away with the girls making the best memories.

“We have been to Blackpool to stay and see the lights, had a lovely weekend away in a cottage up Scotland and have lots more planned.

“I’m back in hospital at the moment but I’m hoping to be out soon and enjoy making some nice new memories with them! And hopefully myself and Craig can get a night or two away for just the two of us as well.”

Lianne stated she would like to take this opportunity to thank John and the community for all they have done for them and for raising such an amazing amount money.

She added: “John has done so so much to help. He did runs, football cards and so much more. We could never be able to find the right way to thank him!

“Even his lovely little daughter Danielle wanted in on the action and raised over £1000 doing the Santa fun run in December.”

Lianne and Craig are currently planning to have a party/reception to celebrate tying the knot with everyone who they couldn’t invite to their big day.

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