Castleford community saved day after cancer threatened couple’s wedding plans

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A COMMUNITY in Castleford rallied to help after a cancer diagnosis threatened a couple’s wedding plans.

Gavin McNamara, 36, was forced to give up work as a self-employed gas engineer after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in November.

Father-of-two Mr McNamara thought he would have to cancel his wedding to fiancee Kelly.

But generous residents in the Smawthorne area of Castleford raised £10,000 towards the cost of the wedding, which was held at All Saints Church in Pontefract late last month.

Fundaisers included two auction nights at the Smawthorne Hotel, a 20-mile bike ride and a bungee jump.

Mr McNamara, of Walden Street, said: “The wedding was booked and we had paid £4,500 towards it. But we thought we would have to cancel it and lose our money until I told a friend about my diagnosis and it all snowballed from there.

“We cannot thank people enough. They made our dream come true and it was just a truly amazing day. It really was a dream wedding.”

Mick Robinson, landlord of the Smawthorne Hotel, said “Gavin is a smashing lad and he is an inspiration to anyone else who is fighting cancer. It was the least we could do to help him and his family.”

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