A PROUD father from Padiham may be too ill to attend his daughter’s wedding, but the wonders of modern technology mean that he will not miss a moment of her big day.
Mr Patrick Sedgwick will be able to watch his daughter, Paulette, tie the knot with her fiance Keith Waldon, even through he will be almost 140 miles away.
For Worcester Register Office has offered to set up Skype, a live video link, through the internet so that Mr Sedgwick can watch the couple exchange their vows from his home in Padiham.
Paulette, who lives in Stourport, Worcestershire, said: “It will be a very emotional day all round especially as my dad could not be there but linking up with him on Skype is the next best thing.’’
Mr Sedgwick and his wife Madeleine moved to Green Lane in Padiham several years ago after he retired from his job as a warrant officer with West Midlands Police.
He was diagnosed with cancer in December, nine months after Paulette and Keith had set their wedding date for Friday, May 24th, this year.
Paulette said: “We said we would get married in Burnley so that dad could attend but he wanted us to stick with our original plans as he said that he may not be fit to attend even if we got married in Lancashire.’’
Paulette’s mum will be at the wedding along with her sister, Victoria Sedgwick, who runs her own business, Reach Training based at Lodge House in Burnley.
After the shock of her father’s diagnosis and also the fact that her grandfather died of cancer at the age of 85 in the same month, Paulette and Keith decided that instead of wedding gifts they would ask guests to make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK. So far the couple have raised £317.
For her big day Paulette will be wearing the same blue dress she previously wore at her sister Victoria’s graduation in 2008.
Ironically, blue is the colour used by Prostate Cancer UK. And a photograph taken on the graduation day with her dad is something that bride-to-be Paulette has come to cherish.
She said: “Now that my dad cannot attend the wedding that photo means the world to me. I’m having it enlarged and framed.”
If you would like to make a donation to Prostate Cancer UK, visit facebook.com/CharityWedding List or justgiving.com/ Paulette-Sedgwick.