A STREET party is to be held for a Wigan mum with a heart-breaking cancer diagnosis.
Neighbours rallied round Jane Turner to organise the August Bank Holiday “picnic in the garden” after learning that a big party was one of the things she wanted to enjoy in the time left to her.
Jane, who is in her 40s, was diagnosed with the illness for the second time in March.
She was informed by doctors that she has secondary cancer in her brain, spine, lung, liver and lymph glands and that it is terminal.
The family GP told Jane to draw up a list of what she wanted to do, make a will and put her affairs in order.
So, friends and family are rallying around to make as many of Jane’s wishes come true as possible.
They even surprised Jane and husband, Brian, with a renewal of vows as they celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary a year early.
Brian said: “We had thought we would have a bit of a do, but were told to just turn up.
“We were even booked into Wrightington Country Club overnight after the party.”
Jane said: “It was like another wedding. I thought we were having a blessing but we renewed our vows.
“I was worried about speaking but I was all right until I had to say ‘until death do us part’ then I cried but so did everybody else.
“A wedding car picked us up, there was a chocolate fountain, even white doves. It was a fairytale.”
The news of the cancer came after a scan and an emergency operation at Hope Hospital in Salford, following a fall in the garden.
Despite the diagnosis, the couple and daughters Emma, 22, and Lucy, 19, keep smiling.
Jane said: “We have our moments. We try not to think too often about what’s going to happen or when and I cry at night but we talk together and we are taking it a day at a time.”
Pauline Melling, who is organising the street party, said they had done one previously for the Jubilee and Jane thoroughly enjoyed it, so another one was definitely on the cards.
The party will be an all day gathering on Monday, August 27, North Drive, Appley Bridge from 2pm onwards.
For more information, contact Pauline on 01257 251337.