A couple from Eastbourne with severe and multiple physical disabilities have defied all the odds to get married after eight years of planning.
Graham and Jane, two service users from Shinewater Court, overcame obstacles at every stage of their preparations but eventually managed to tie the knot in the beautiful setting of Rowfant House, West Sussex last month.
The pair met at Ernest Kleinwort Court, a residential service run by The Disabilities Trust, in 2004 and gelled instantly. They would go into town together for coffee once a week and once every month they would go out to The Oak Barn for dinner.
It was on one of these outings that Graham proposed to Jane, who asked for two weeks to think about it. Within two days, she accepted.
Planning for the big day began but trying to choose a venue with access and support for people with disabilities proved difficulty.
They spent their honeymoon at Vitalise Netley Waterside House in Southampton, which provides short breaks for disabled people and carers at accessible centres around the UK.
The pair are grateful for the help they received from staff at Shinewater Court, which is a purpose-built centre providing accommodation and support for people with complex and high dependency needs.
The pair are now enjoying married life and Graham said, “This is definitely the best thing I have ever done.”