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Right Arrow Staff and patients celebrate first wedding at hospital
20 June 2008 at 11:15
Patients and staff alike were celebrating earlier this week, when Sean Pinnington (47) and his fiancée Teresa McGhee (38) both from Birchwood, Warrington were married at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital.

This was the first ever wedding to be carried out at the hospital. Sean has been a patient at the Spinal Injuries Centre since 12 February following a motorcycle accident in January that left him with his back broken in two places and paralysed from the chest down.

“We had been planning on getting married soon, and it seemed appropriate to try to arrange the ceremony at the Centre”, said Sean. “The accident became a pivotal point in our life, when things as we knew them changed forever, and a marriage is a similar turning point.”

The couple met more than 20 years ago when they both worked in Warrington and have been good friends ever since. Once both their first marriages broke up they realised they were more than friends and have been together for 14 years.

“When we knew it would be possible for us to get married this year, we chose the 9th June as it was the anniversary of Sean first asking me to marry him five years ago”, explained Teresa. “In all Sean has asked me three times, and of course I said yes every time, but we have just never got round to actually getting married.”

Sean went on, “My accident became a catalyst for the wedding and we saw no reason why we should not get married at the hospital and I am very glad now that we did. All the staff have been wonderful, arranging things and going out of their way to help us. I also think it has been a real help in my rehabilitation, as now my neck injury is nearly healed we are looking forward to me having a reasonable amount of independence as I still have the use of my arms. I also think it has helped the other patients, as they have all wished us well and they say it has given them a lift.”

Sean and Teresa were joined at the ceremony by some of their family and friends including Sean’s three children, Ben, Tom and Yvonne. Sean’s brother Simon, Teresa’s sister Angela and good friend Dave Parker were the witnesses. “We both have big families spread around the globe, so we plan on having a massive party next year on our anniversary with everyone there”, explained Teresa.

Dr Clive Glass, Clinical Director for the centre said “We are really happy for Sean and Teresa and it was a pleasure to be able to make their wish come true.”

Pictured are Teresa and Sean Pinnington


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk