Scots mum surprises terminally ill sister with heart-wrenching garden wedding because she won’t live to see big day

A Scots mum surprised her terminally ill sister with a wedding in her garden after doctors told her she wouldn’t live to see her big day.

Sandra Neilson and her family pitched in to give their sister Lorraine Cochrane the wedding day of her dreams after doctors told the 46-year-old she was dying.

Lorraine, of Falkirk, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2019 after doctors found a 14cm tumour on her ovaries.

After having a hysterectomy in March 2019 then months of gruelling chemotherapy Lorraine was given the all clear in September last year.



a person standing in front of a wedding cake: Lorraine is the picture of happiness on her wedding day


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Lorraine is the picture of happiness on her wedding day

But following a routine scan in January this year the family were dealt a heartbreaking blow when doctors revealed the cancer had returned to Lorraine’s liver, bowel and peritoneum – and she had less than two years left to live.

Devastated Lorraine decided she wanted to realise one final long-held dream – to walk down the aisle and marry partner of nine-years, Stephen Cochrane.



a woman in a wedding dress: Lorraine and Stephen share a kiss


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Lorraine and Stephen share a kiss

Not knowing how much time Lorraine had left, the couple hastily arranged their wedding in their local community centre for May this year – but the Covid-19 pandemic struck and Lorraine’s dreams were crushed once again.

However her family, led by sister Sandra Neilson, 41, decided Lorraine would get the big day of her dreams and Sandra hosted the surprise nuptials in her garden on September 11.



a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Lorraine and Stephen got married in her sister's garden


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Lorraine and Stephen got married in her sister’s garden

Lorraine said: ” It was a very emotional day and one I didn’t think would ever happen because I’ve not got much time left.

“But it was the most amazing, perfect day. It was magical. It is incredible how generous everyone was. Everyone pulled together for me.

“When they told me I was terminal they said I had two years left. That was almost a year ago so after our original wedding was cancelled and with coronavirus restrictions and everything I just thought it would never happen.”



Bill Kirchenbauer in a suit holding a flower: The happy couple hastily arranged the wedding


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The happy couple hastily arranged the wedding

But thanks to Lorraine’s incredible family including Sandra, other sisters Julie and Heather, nieces Caroline and Sarah-Jane, who all served as bridesmaids, the big day went off without a hitch.

Sandra said: “It rained all morning then at 2pm, when they were just about to get married the rain stopped and the sun came out and shone all day and night. It was perfect.

“We just decided to make it happen for them because we knew she was devastated at having to cancel the may wedding. She still had the dress and it was just a matter of finding somewhere to host it. My husband Colin had just done our garden up during lockdown so it was perfect.

“Friends, family and the community chipped in to donate flowers, photography, the cake, a buffet, everything. Even the registrar only took a donation. Everyone was

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Mum saves $770 by shunning cleaners and scrubbing her grimy grouting with a $22 gel from Bunnings

Mum saves $770 by scrubbing her grimy kitchen grouting with a $22 ‘miracle’ gel instead of hiring cleaners

  • A mother restored her grouting to perfect condition with $22 gel from Bunnings
  • She bought ‘Long Life Grout Cleaner’ after cleaners quoted $792 for the job
  • The liquid lifted stains in seconds when she scrubbed it with a brush
  • The mum said she couldn’t believe why she hadn’t tried the cleaner ‘years ago’

A mother who restored her grime-ridden grouting to perfect condition with a $22 gel from Bunnings has saved $770 by shunning cleaners and doing the job herself.

After professionals quoted $792 to clean the tiled floor of her Queensland home, the mum bought a two-litre bottle of ‘Long Life Grout Cleaner’ and got to work with a scrubbing brush. 

Photos posted in a Facebook cleaning group show the result of her efforts, with just a few seconds of scrubbing lifting the blackened dirt caked into the grouting between each tile.

‘Just finished four tiles and I cannot believe I didn’t do this years ago,’ she wrote in the caption. 

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Before: The grime-ridden grouting on the floor of a mother's Queensland home

After: The grouting after a few seconds of scrubbing with a $22 gel from Bunnings

A mother restored the grime-ridden grouting on the floor of her Queensland home (left) to perfect condition (right) with a $22 gel from Bunnings

She transformed her tiles with Long Life Grout Cleaner (pictured) from the hardware giant

She transformed her tiles with Long Life Grout Cleaner (pictured) from the hardware giant

The photos have drawn dozens of delighted responses since they were shared late on Sunday, with comments including ‘wow’, ‘great job’ and ‘looks fantastic’. 

‘You can definitely see the difference, even the tiles look brighter,’ one woman said.

A second who tried the gel on her own tiles confirmed it ‘always leaves them looking brand new’ and recommended covering freshly cleaned grouting with a sealant to prevent further stains.

‘I used this on the tiles in my laundry. It is brilliant. I couldn’t believe the difference afterwards,’ said a third. 

And it’s not the only affordable product capable of transforming grouting from grimy to gleaming in an instant.

Photos posted in a Facebook cleaning group show the result of her efforts, with just a few seconds of scrubbing lifting the blackened dirt caked into the grouting between each tile

Photos posted in a Facebook cleaning group show the result of her efforts, with just a few seconds of scrubbing lifting the blackened dirt caked into the grouting between each tile

Earlier in September, American actress Savannah Meyer posted a TikTok video which begins with a close-up of a tiled floor with grubby black stains running along the grouting.

The 28-year-old from Utah then pours a drop of Clorox toilet bowl cleaner onto the tiles, leaves it to soak for five minutes and scrubs it gently with a brush.

Dark discolouration lifts off easily, leaving the strips between each tile sparkling white.

‘Should I do my whole kitchen?’ Ms Meyer asked in the caption.

And many felt that she should.

‘Wow what a difference. I desperately need to do this in my kitchen but there are way too many tiles!’ one woman said.  

Before: American actress Savannah Meyer poured a drop of Clorox toilet bowl cleaner onto the grimy grouting of her kitchen floor

After: A quick scrub restored it to a sparkling white fish in seconds

American actress Savannah Meyer restored the grimy

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How mum transformed the popular $99 Target bench into the ultimate bedroom decor

REVEALED: How mum transformed a popular $99 Target bench seat into the ultimate piece of bedroom decor – and now shoppers are flocking to get their hands on it too

  • Liz Amaya shared how she used a bench seat to add a chic touch to her bedroom
  • In an Instagram video, she placed the $99 Target product at the end of her bed    
  • Online she said the wooden bench seat is the ‘perfect addition’ to the space
  • Many other social media users agreed and praised Liz for her home style

A creative Australian home stylist has demonstrated how she used a $99 bench seat from Target to add a chic touch to her bedroom.

Liz Amaya, from Brisbane, shared a video on Instagram with her 67,000 followers and placed the wooden seat at the foot of her bed.

She said the $99 bargain is the ‘perfect addition’ to the cosy space as it creates texture and matches her other wooden décor.

The video tells a ‘from store to home’ story of one simple way the $99 bench can be used to create style within the home. 

A creative Australian home stylist has demonstrated how she used a $99 bench seat from Target to add a chic touch to her bedroom

A creative Australian home stylist has demonstrated how she used a $99 bench seat from Target to add a chic touch to her bedroom

According to the product description, the Target product features a wooden top with wooden veneer legs and boasts a scandi-style look.

It’s versatile, practical and has received an average of 3.9 stars out of five online. 

The social media video was ‘liked’ more than 500 times and several Instagram users praised Liz for her creative style. 

Liz Amaya, from Brisbane, shared a video on Instagram with her 67,000 followers

She placed the $99 wooden seat at the foot of her bed (pictured)

Liz Amaya, from Brisbane, shared a video on Instagram with her 67,000 followers and placed the $99 wooden seat at the foot of her bed

According to the product description, the Target product (pictured) features a wooden top with wooden veneer legs and boasts a scandi-style look

According to the product description, the Target product (pictured) features a wooden top with wooden veneer legs and boasts a scandi-style look

‘Love this, so wonderful to see from shop to home,’ one person said.

‘That was a really epic video Liz, love your creativity,’ another said.

A third said: ‘I like this, always inspiring me.’

‘I wish l had your magic powers, love it!!’ another said.

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Mum shows off dream Alice In Wonderland-themed ‘revenge’ bathroom makeover after leaving husband who refused to decorate

A MOTHER has revealed how she “took her life back with both hands” and revamped her downstairs bathroom after separating from her husband.

Nicola Bullock, 44, from Bracknell, turned her “drab and dreary” bathroom into a quirky Alice in Wonderland themed room with a twist following her marriage breakdown. 

Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke down

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Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke downCredit: Supplied

The mother and customer services employee shared her DIY transformation project on Facebook and claimed her “ex husband refused to do any decorating.”

Posting amazing before-and-after photos, Nicola added: “He left and this is my first ever room revamp.”

The post instantly raked up nearly 9,000 likes and over a thousand comments from strangers praising Nicola’s bravery as well as her impressive DIY skills.

Nicola said her former marital situation at home prevented her from decorating the house so the day she separated from her husband, she started her “DIY mission”.

Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 'likes'

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Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 ‘likes’Credit: Supplied
Nicola said she wanted to 'decorate him out of her house'

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Nicola said she wanted to ‘decorate him out of her house’Credit: Supplied

The mother said not only has she “washed that man out of her hair”, she has “decorated him out of her house”. 

She said: “The day I separated from my husband was the day I took back my life with both hands and started my DIY mission on my house.

“I just wanted to show others even if you have never done anything like that before be brave and have a go, as I was made to believe that I would never be able to do anything well. 

“The past several months have taught me that sometimes we have no control over what happens to us but we can control how we react and that is where our power and strength lies.’

Nicola started by stripping off all the wallpaper and repapering it with a funky Alice in Wonderland styled pattern. 

She fitted new flooring, took off the radiator and repainted it, boxed in exposed pipes, put a new toilet seat on, replaced the flush and repainted an old mirror. 

She began by stripping the wallpaper

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She began by stripping the wallpaperCredit: Supplied
The mum was fed up with the 'drab and dreary' room

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The mum was fed up with the ‘drab and dreary’ roomCredit: Supplied

The mother said: “The downstairs toilet was the room I started on. It was my first time doing anything like this, so I have basically not washed that man out of my hair, I’m decorating him out of our house. 

“The decor in that room was the previous owners’ and I found it drab and dreary. 

“It did seem like I had a big challenge ahead of me but I take part in 100km ultra challenge events for fun, so the decorating seemed like a much easier and less painful challenge.’

However Nicola admitted she does have a newfound respect for professional decorators after attempting the hot and sweaty work during the UK’s recent heatwave. 

Onc she stripped the wallpaper off, she put up the lining

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Mum reveals how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat

Mum transforms her grotty old bathroom into a stunning spa-inspired retreat – and the entire project cost her just $5,000

  • A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom for $5,000
  • Australian woman Connie Lane revealed she shopped at Bunnings for the reno
  • Connie said she and her husband did the project entirely themselves
  • Thousands who saw the transformation online were impressed with the results 

A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends – and she saved thousands by doing it herself. 

Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her ‘budget bathroom renovation’, saying it’s ‘one hell of an improvement from the original space’. 

Typically, homeowners in Australia can expect to spend between $18,000 and $25,000 on a new bathroom.

‘It’s done. Our budget bathroom reno is complete,’ Connie posted on Facebook.

BEFORE: A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends - and she saved thousands by doing it herself (pictured before)

BEFORE: A mum has revealed how she transformed her grotty old bathroom into a stunning retreat in a few weekends – and she saved thousands by doing it herself (pictured before)

AFTER: Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her 'budget bathroom renovation', saying it's 'one hell of an improvement from the original space' (pictured after)

AFTER: Australian woman Connie Lane spent just $5,000 on her ‘budget bathroom renovation’, saying it’s ‘one hell of an improvement from the original space’ (pictured after)

‘It took a few weekends as there was a delay in receiving our shower wet walls.

‘But I think we kept it under $5k. We may have a few cents left and all work was done by us.’ 

Connie revealed where she bought all of the items from in the bathroom, including the bath and shower screen from Builders’ Discount Warehouse and the shower walls from Mr Wet Wall.

‘I bought the vanity from IKEA, the tapware and a wine rack for the towels from Catch of the Day and the barn door, paint, panels and trims all came from Bunnings Warehouse,’ she said.

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn't re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn't re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

DURING: Bar moving the bath, Connie said she didn’t re-do much of the plumbing as she wanted to save money, and she did the whole project for under $5k (pictured during)

Finally, the vinyl flooring came from Evolved Floors, and the mirror was a splurge buy from Temple and Webster.

‘It’s one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they’ll be showering outside,’ Connie concluded.

Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results.

‘This looks amazing, such a good job,’ one woman posted.

‘Wow, very impressive,’ another added.

AFTER: 'It's one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they'll be showering outside,' Connie said (pictured after)

AFTER: ‘It’s one hell of an improvement from the original bathroom. Now if the boys mess it up they’ll be showering outside,’ Connie said (pictured after)

AFTER: Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results, saying it had inspired them to do their own bathroom (pictured after)

AFTER: Thousands who saw the transformation on Facebook were impressed with the results, saying it had inspired them to do their own bathroom (pictured after)

Some asked whether she re-did the plumbing anywhere, as this can be expensive.

‘We kept everything else pretty much in its original

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EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy shares moving garden tribute to late mum, who died when she was 19

EASTENDERS star Natalie Cassidy has shared a moving tribute she has in her garden for her late mum, who died when she was 19.

The 37-year-old star was left devastated when her mother Evelyn lost her battle with bowel cancer in 2002 at the age of 63.

Natalie opened up about her late mum in a moving post

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Natalie opened up about her late mum in a moving post Credit: Getty Images

Taking to her Instagram page early this morning, the actress revealed that her brother had bought her a touching gift to remember their mum by for her 30th birthday.

The photo showed stunning flowers and green leaves growing over a block with Evelyn’s name written on it.

Natalie explained in the post’s caption: “This is our Evelyn Rose.

“My brother bought it for me for my 30th birthday. It’s 7 and a bit years old and has never looked better. My dad loves it and cares for it.

She shared a photo of the tribute she has to Evelyn in her garden

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She shared a photo of the tribute she has to Evelyn in her gardenCredit: Instagram
She was just 19 years old when her mum passed away

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She was just 19 years old when her mum passed away Credit: PA:Press Association

“I lost my mum when I was 19 – her name was Evelyn.”

She added how much she appreciated having something close by to remember her mum as her busy schedule sometimes stops her from getting to the cemetery.

The star wrote: “It’s nice to have something in your own space as well as a cemetery. Life is busy and you feel guilty for not going up there.”

Natalie previously admitted that she broke down over an EastEnders’ storyline about her onscreen mum Carol Jackson fighting cancer.

She admitted to struggling with the 'rawness' of onscreen mum Carol's cancer storyline

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She admitted to struggling with the ‘rawness’ of onscreen mum Carol’s cancer storylineCredit: BBC
EastEnders’ Natalie Cassidy reveals co-star Steve McFadden refused to talk to her after she quit the soap

She plays Carol’s daughter Sonia in the BBC One soap, and the heartbreaking scenes brought back difficult memories for the star.

Natalie said at the time: “It’s all quite raw, there have been tears.”

She confessed that she “lost herself” after her mother’s death, but she didn’t seek help from a bereavement counsellor until she was hit by a second wave of grief when her “second mum” Wendy Richard, who played Pauline Fowler, died in 2009.

Natalie explained: “I hit rock bottom. I had to see someone about my mum, mistakes and regrets.”

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Mum reveals how she completely transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen for just $2,000

A mother has revealed how she transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000.

Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent ‘two months with breaks’ putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse.

And while it was a lot of effort, the rewards have more than outweighed the blood, sweat and tears.

‘We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,’ Jennifer posted on Facebook. 

‘A real cheapy, but we put in a lot of love.’

BEFORE: A mother has revealed how she transformed her 'grotty old' kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000

BEFORE: A mother has revealed how she transformed her ‘grotty old’ kitchen into a luxurious modern space in two months, and the entire DIY project set her back just $2,000

AFTER: Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent 'two months with breaks' putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse

AFTER: Australian woman Jennifer Jones said she and her partner spent ‘two months with breaks’ putting together their new kitchen using items from Bunnings Warehouse

The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves.

Jennifer wrote: ‘I won’t lie, we are not DIY beginners, but putting in the bench top from joiners to cutting out the sink and stove wasn’t a picnic and we were definitely over it by the end of it’.

‘But it was all worth it,’ she added.

BEFORE: The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves

BEFORE: The average cost of a kitchen renovation in Australia in 2020 is $17,000, meaning the Jones family saved at least $15,000 by doing it all themselves

AFTER: 'We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,' Jennifer posted on Facebook

AFTER: ‘We finally completed our kitchen renovation, and the best part is that we have managed to do that for just under $2k and all ourselves,’ Jennifer posted on Facebook

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse.

‘I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,’ Jennifer wrote.

‘Then, we covered this with two coats of Dulux’s Aquanamel Gloss and added silver knobs to the cabinetry.’

Jennifer and her partner followed this by tackling the tiles on their splashbacks.

‘We used White Knights paint from Bunnings on the tiles,’ she said.

‘One coat of the primer and two coats of the white completely transformed it.’

The walls were also all about painting, with the mum using the Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and 8-in-1 paint in the shade ‘Still Here’.

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse (pictured during)

In the kitchen, the mum said she first of all tackled her cabinetry, which can often make a kitchen look instantly better or worse (pictured during)

'I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,' Jennifer wrote, as well as a gloss paint (pictured during)

‘I used Taubmans 3-in-1 primer and painted one coat of it,’ Jennifer wrote, as well as a gloss paint (pictured during)

When it came to the bulk of the spending, the Jones family said they spent it on their benchtops.

Jennifer bought new benchtops from Bunnings, the Victorian Ash range, for $435 and $641.

‘We painted the benchtop with Cabots

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Melbourne mum left fighting for life after catching flesh eating bug

A green-thumbed nurse and Melbourne mother of two was left fighting for her life when she caught a flesh-eating bug while doing the gardening. Now, after a life-changing battle, she has fought her way back to the garden.

Jodie Wylie, 50, suffered a migraine and found a large bruise on her right thigh after tending to her plants. Like anyone would, she initially dismissed it.

But the mum was soon rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with Necrotising Fasciitis, a severe infection which saw bacteria release toxins into her blood. The flesh-eating bug affects the tissue beneath the skin and surrounding muscles.

In an effort to save Jodie’s life, surgeons were forced to remove a large part of the skin, muscle and tissue on her right thigh and hip before carrying out 13 more surgeries to scrape away the disease.

Jodie Wylie, 50, almost lost her life in the freak diagnosis. Source: Caters

“I felt like my head was going to explode and I’d gone to bed exhausted and I wasn’t responding to medication,” Ms Wylie, who works as an intensive care nurse, said.

“My throat was sore and I was vomiting. I thought it was just a bad migraine …I can only go by what my friend and sister told me because I don’t remember much.

She remembers going to hospital and wondering what she had suddenly become afflicted by.

“They called a doctor and he thought it was a virus and a migraine. My gut was telling me it was more severe than a migraine because I’d never felt like that before but I prolonged going to hospital until it was almost too late,” she said.

“I had a bruise on my leg which was so painful and mottled and dark. I couldn’t even walk into the hospital, I had to use a wheelchair.

“I had a feeling it was Necrotising Fasciitis and I told my sister I thought I was going to die.”

Freak diagnosis puts her in same ICU that she worked in

When Ms Wylie’s blood pressure dropped and her heart rate soared, she was rushed into surgery where medics cut open her leg and diagnosed her with the disease.

She spent the next two weeks on the same intensive care unit she worked on, as she’d also been diagnosed with septicaemia.

Ms Wylie ives with daughters, Charlotte, 10, and Madeleine, 8, in Melbourne and the family were told to prepare for the worst.

“My throat was swollen to the same size as my head. It was touch and go,” she recalled.

The mum caught a flesh-eating bug after doing the gardening, where she suspects she caught it. Source: Caters

Jodie had hyperbaric oxygen therapy where she underwent 100 per cent oxygen in a pressurised environment to help kill the bacteria and spent a further two months recovering in hospital.

She has now lost a lot of skin and muscle in her leg but is able to walk. She says

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