You can help make this dying man’s wish to marry come true

Jacky Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher. Picture by FRANK REID
Jacky Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher. Picture by FRANK REID

A Hartlepool grandad who has been given just months to live is hoping to wed the love of his life - but needs your help to do so.

Thomas Fletcher is only 49 but has been given the devastating news the chemotherapy being used to treat his stomach and bowl cancer isn’t working.

Jackie Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher with his 8 week old Grandson Thomas Fletcher.  Picture by FRANK REID

Jackie Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher with his 8 week old Grandson Thomas Fletcher. Picture by FRANK REID

Just this week he was given the heart-breaking prognosis that he has only months left to live and decided to ask his partner of 25 years - Jacky Wilkinson - to marry him.

Thomas, of Ivy Grove, is dad to daughters Abby, 20, and Lucy-Jo Fletcher, 18, and has a grandson Thomas, aged just eight weeks.

He was first diagnosed with cancer back in 2015 and after undergoing treatment was given the all-clear, but sadly the cancer returned in 2016 and after a long battle doctors have told him there is nothing else they can do.

But now the couple are hoping to make the best of the situation and tie the knot before Christmas before having a honeymoon in Blackpool.

Jackie Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher with Ralph Foster (left) and Stephen Picton from Miles For Men.  Picture by FRANK REID

Jackie Wilkinson and Tommy Fletcher with Ralph Foster (left) and Stephen Picton from Miles For Men. Picture by FRANK REID

And their dream is set to become a reality after charity Miles for Men have come on board to generate funding and donations to ensure their special day will go ahead.

The family and the organisation are appealing for any donations via Facebook and a Just Giving page to help them go ahead with their special day.

Jacky, 45, said it has been a tough time for the family but they are thinking positively.

She said: “Thomas has cancer and just this week we have been told that he hasn’t got long to go.

“We are keeping on with our positive thinking and are just going to play it by ear, the doctors said six months but it could be just a few months or it could be a year, it just depends.”

The couple said they have always wanted to get married but money has held them back.

But following the news they have decided to go ahead with their life-long wish.

They are now waiting to speak with doctors to find out how soon they can get married.

Jacky added: “We have been together 25 years after meeting in Hartlepool town centre when I was 21 and he was 26.

“We have been together ever since.
“We are hoping for a big turn out on the day, we just need to get everything sorted.

“Miles for Men have been great and so supportive.”

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