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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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True love unites Barrow couple in fight against disease

A POPULAR Barrow hospital worker who has a progressive life-limiting condition will marry his partner next week, and the couple have vowed to “fight it together”.

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love finds a way Danny Higgins and Diane Douglas are to marry after Danny was diagnosed with motor neurone disease pictures by HARRY ATKINSON

Danny Higgins, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, will wed his partner of 15 years, Diane Douglas on Friday, August 1.

The Barrow couple, who have two children together, Ryan, 12, and Molly, 10, decided to get engaged and tie the knot after Mr Higgins received his diagnosis at the end of May.

They will get married at The Nan Tait Centre at noon. Ryan will be best man and Molly will be bridesmaid.

Celebrations at The Victoria Park Hotel follow the nuptials.

Mr Higgins, 52, worked as a clinical support worker in the theatre department at Furness General Hospital until February.

His condition started with what was thought to be a frozen shoulder but things deteriorated.

Miss Douglas, 47, said: “We thought he’d had a stroke, he was losing balance and he couldn’t move his arms properly.”

In May a neurological specialist diagnosed motor neurone disease.

Mr Higgins said: “You can’t give up, you have to keep going. We are both fighters and we will fight this together.”

Miss Douglas, a children’s services worker, said: “We got engaged after the diagnosis.

“We really want to do this now. Something like this hits you and you take stock of your life.”

The groom said: “I’m excited but a bit nervous about the wedding.”

The bride said she was also excited but that it was sad that there were not just happy reasons. However Mr Higgins said: “It won’t be sad, it will be a lovely day.”

The couple say their children have always wanted them to get married but are amused at the fact that their children think it’s funny that “two ‘older’ people are getting married”.

The family are starting to make some changes to their home, by adding a stairlift.

They have expressed their gratitude to their family and friends for their great support.

Last Saturday colleagues and friends from Furness General Hospital took part in a sponsored fancy dress fun run on Walney for Mr Higgins

On Saturday August 2, the day after the wedding, the Central Working Men’s Club, where Mr Higgins was a committee member, hosts an entertainment fundraising evening.

Barrow Island Rugby Club is also to host an event in September.

Mr Higgins said: “I can’t believe what people are doing for me. I don’t have the words. I want to thank everyone.

“They are absolutely wonderful.”

Miss Douglas said: “We are overwhelmed by the support.”

Have your say

Hope you both have a lovely day, look forward to seeing you at the reception.

Posted by Paul Kell on 29 July 2014 at 18:14

We had some great nights and holidays together, sorry i missed your when i was there a few weeks ago, All the Best for the wedding day, Have a wonderful time Sat night.Love to all the family and keep fighting Dan like the Mighty Reds do !!

Posted by mal Lonsdale on 29 July 2014 at 10:14

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