Generous businesses come forward with support for wedding of Broughton cancer sufferer Liam Thompson
Businesses will help the wedding bells ring out for cancer sufferer Liam Thompson – as he prepares to marry his fiancée in just over five weeks time.
The plans are gathering pace for the 22-year-old and his bride-to-be Alice Faulkner, 21, of Broughton.
Mr Thompson does not know how long he has to live – and has revealed he wants to wed his fiancée as soon as he can.
It is just three weeks since their heartfelt story was revealed in the Telegraph and already the majority of the planning has been taken care of – thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents.
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The couple have booked St Hybald's Church, Scawby, for their wedding ceremony on Sunday, October 21.
And among the vital elements of planning is the mode of transport to get to the church.
The couple are currently considering having a tank to get Mr Faulkner and some of his wedding party to the church.
Tanks 4 Everything got in touch with the Telegraph to offer its services.
Miss Faulkner said: "Liam's mum rang him in hospital and asked if he wanted a tank and he said 'you're having a laugh, I don't believe you'. All the lads think it's amazing.
"I was like 'oh my gosh' when Liam said he was thinking about going for the tank."
Meanwhile, the offer of a ride to the church in a Beauford classic car has impressed the bride-to-be.
Retired resident Keith Chidwick used his retirement fund to buy the vehicle.
He said: "I have sympathy with the young couple and if we can help for their wedding day, I will donate them the use of my pride and joy."
The couple, who were engaged in November last year, had set their hearts on marrying three years later but after the engagement Liam had to have his left leg amputated as a result of cancer cells spreading. He now has a prosthetic leg.
The couple have also been in to Coe & Co Jewellers, in Scunthorpe High Street, to pick their beloved wedding bands.
Co-owner Tony Coe said: "It's a good cause. We are sorry for the unfortunate circumstances of what's happened. We want to help them and do the right thing by donating the wedding rings. The success of the whole campaign to organise them a wedding shows what the business community is like in Scunthorpe – we do all help out."
Mr Thompson is currently in hospital after picking up an infection. He was due to return home on Tuesday, September 11 but now has to complete a five-day course of antibiotics before doctors will allow him to return home.