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.”