Couple have wedding at hospice so terminally ill grandma can attend

The couple with Luke’s grandma (Picture: Luke Hinojosa / SWNS)

A couple who were due to have a traditional wedding decided to get married in a garden so the groom’s dying grandma could attend.

Luke Hinojosa, 24, and Abi Morgan, 27, tied the knot after organising it within a week so gran Vera Robertson could be there.

The couple had planned to marry in June but were forced to cancel their nuptials due to coronavirus lockdown rules.

They rearranged the wedding for next May but Luke was concerned his beloved nan might not live long enough.

Vera, 72, was diagnosed with myeloma cancer in 2017 and defied the odds after being given just 12 months to live.

She moved into St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln where she has been cared for ever since.

Luke and Abi from Lincoln decided to hold a special wedding ceremony at the hospice to ensure Vera could watch them walk down the aisle.

In a touching gesture, Vera was also given the role of ringbearer for the happy couple.

Luke and Abi wed at the hospice garden so Vera could attend (Picture: Luke Hinojosa / SWNS)

Bricklayer Luke, who has been with Abi, a retail worker, since 2014, said: ‘Getting married in front of my nan really made my year.

‘She was delighted and loved every moment. We had hoped to have a big family wedding in June but obviously coronavirus stopped all of that.

‘We got a new date for next May but we didn’t want to risk nan not being there.’

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Luke and his mum decided to do something that would ensure Vera could attend.

‘It went from there, this crazy idea that we had three days to prepare for what was a wedding,’ added Luke.

‘It was absolutely fantastic. It’s been the best thing to come out of 2020 as a family.’

The staff at the hospice helped arrange the courtyard into a wedding venue.

They put balloons up and and sorted Vera’s bed so she would have the best spot at the wedding.

The happy couple (Picture: SWNS)

Luke continued: ‘It meant the absolute world to us and my nan wouldn’t stop saying how honoured she felt that we’d all thought of her.

‘We couldn’t stop smiling and just couldn’t be happier that she had a little ray of sunshine out of what has been a really awful year.

‘As a family, it brought us so much closer and made us realise not to take anything for granted.’

Due to the new coronavirus rules, just six people attended the ceremony before the hospice held a drinks reception outside.

Writing on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for the hospice said: ‘A hospice truly is so much more than “a place you go to die”.

‘Countless families have made lasting memories in our hospice, which is so humbling to see. We help people to live as best they can for the time they have left.’

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Coronavirus: Two charged after 300 people attend Midlothian house party

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The Mansion House was available to rent online

Two men have been charged after a house party was attended by about 300 people in Midlothian.

Officers were called to the Mansion House of Kirkhill in Gorebridge at 00:20 on Sunday 30 August.

The group was dispersed and a 29-year-old man was issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Two men, aged 20 and 29, have since been arrested and charged in connection with the incident and are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The 12-bedroom property which can sleep up to 34 guests is advertised online and, according to the owners, had been rented out for the weekend.

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Discarded bottles were lying around the house after the party

Meanwhile, Police Scotland has revealed its officers attended 391 house parties across Scotland between Friday and Sunday in response to reports of alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations – a 23% increase compared with the previous weekend.

Those at the gatherings were given advice, dispersed and 18 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Officers also attended 2,127 incidents over the weekend after reports of noise, public nuisance and disturbance – up 449 on the same period last year.

‘Personal responsibility’

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: “Our approach has been really consistent throughout the course of dealing with this pandemic.

“We are trying to educate and encourage everybody to comply with the law for the right reasons, we are expecting people to take personal responsibility.

“These figures show that we will intervene, using the powers we have to disperse indoor gatherings which breach the regulations, and will enforce where necessary.”

He added: “It is important to emphasise we will not tolerate blatant disregard for the current legislation which is in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

“I would reiterate we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.”

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Coronavirus: 300 people attend house party in Midlothian

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The Mansion House is available to rent online

Police have launched an investigation after more than 300 people attended a party at a house in Midlothian.

Officers were called to The Mansion House of Kirkhill in Gorebridge at 00:20 on Sunday.

The party was being run as a commercial event, with those attending ordered to leave and a 29-year-old man being issued with a fixed penalty.

Organisers have been accused of showing “blatant disregard” for rules aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the incident as “utterly irresponsible” and urged people not to attend house parties.

The 12-bedroom property is said to be able to sleep up to 34 guests and is advertised on Airbnb for £1,600 a night – although the company said it had not been booked through them.

In a statement published on Facebook, the owners of the property said the man who made the booking for the entire weekend “seemed very pleasant”.

“We were then sadly as owners contacted at 1.30am Sunday morning by our old neighbours to say there was a huge rave and police were in attendance,” they added.

“We are seeking legal action against the organisers of this event and are devastated as a family that our trust was broken.”

The statement added: “It is after all our family home and we did not feel safe being there after so many people had been.”

Police are now investigating the possibility of bringing culpable and reckless conduct charges against the people behind the party.

Social distancing rules mean indoor gatherings are limited to no more than eight people from three households, and police can issue £60 fines at gatherings of more than 15 people.

Repeat offenders can be fined up to a maximum of £960.

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, said: “Those attending this organised event showed a blatant disregard for the regulations in place to help save lives and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Anyone attempting to hold such an event, or any party in clear breach of the law, should be aware they will be met with a robust response from Police Scotland.”

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There are still discarded bottles littering the grounds of the house

Councillor Stephen Curran said: “Those 300 or so people didn’t just put themselves at risk of contracting coronavirus, they put residents across Midlothian and beyond at risk.

“We realise it can be challenging following the guidance but if the majority of us can do it then so can they.”

‘Prevent spread’

The Midlothian party was one of about 300 reported to police across the country last weekend, with officers issuing about ten fixed penalties in total.

Five of those were issued after officers were called to a house party in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, at about 20:00 on Saturday.

Two men were also arrested in connection with a fight at the property.

Alison McCallum, director of public health at NHS Lothian said: “We must continue to help prevent the spread

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