From Caribbean to care home

Wedding at Belong nursing home in Atherton Ruth and her mum Kath with husband Barry
Wedding at Belong nursing home in Atherton Ruth and her mum Kath with husband Barry
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A COUPLE abandoned plans to marry in the Caribbean to exchange vows in a care home for the bride’s mum’s benefit.

Ruth Foulkes and Barry Woods travelled the world looking for the perfect venue and had their hearts set on a traditional romantic setting.

But their plans went out of the window when they realised that Ruth’s mum, Kath Foulkes, 83, was too unsteady on her feet to make the ceremony.

She lives at Belong Atherton sheltered accommodation complex in Mealhouse Lane. The couple, who have been together for 12 years, decided if Kathleen couldn’t come to the wedding, then the wedding would come to her.

The home has a function room called The Venue – and Ruth, 52, and Barry, 56, asked bosses if they could apply for a marriage licence so that they could say “I do” in front of Kath. The licence was granted and about 30 members of their family and friends attended, including Ruth’s dad John, also 83. They were treated to celebratory drinks and a sit-down meal created by chefs at Belong’s bistro.

Ruth said: “My mum’s mobility isn’t what it used to be, and when she said she wouldn’t be able to make a wedding elsewhere, I knew moving the celebration to the Leigh area would be the only way she could attend.

“After exhausting the options in the area, I came across The Venue. It was exactly what we wanted – stylish yet relaxed, and literally on mum’s doorstep.”