Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - MAR­CUS HUGHES Re­porter mar­cus.hughes@waleson­line.co.uk

AWOMAN with cere­bral palsy says she is de­ter­mined to get out of her wheel­chair to walk down the aisle when she mar­ries the part­ner she met at her care home.

Sian Wal­ley, 45, and ex-plumber Steven Fer­rier, 55, are due to tie the knot next Sun­day af­ter get­ting en­gaged on Valen­tine’s Day last year.

In ad­di­tion to cere­bral palsy, Sian has epilepsy, as well as other med­i­cal is­sues, while Steve has suf­fered a heart at­tack and sev­eral strokes. Both are per­ma­nent wheel­chair users.

Sian says she will be walk­ing down the aisle at the Ra­mada Ho­tel in Wrex­ham, with sup­port from helpers.

“Be­cause of my con­di­tion it will be dif­fi­cult,” she said. “I can walk a few steps, even if it’s very slowly, so long as I have peo­ple ei­ther side to sup­port me. Every bride wants to walk down the aisle to their man.

“I’m just so pleased we are able to get mar­ried. I thought when I had to move into a care home that was it. My life as such was over and I had noth­ing to look for­ward to. I never ex­pected to find love again.”

Steve and Sian were ini­tially con­cerned they would have to leave their sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion if they wanted to live as a cou­ple.

But with the help of man­age­ment and staff at Pen­dine Park they now have a dou­ble bed­room and a pri­vate lounge at Bryn Bella Care Home, mean­ing they can con­tinue re­ceiv­ing sup­port while shar­ing a home to­gether.

Sian said: “We had lots of meet­ings with Pen­dine Park man­agers and our so­cial work­ers and we thought if we were go­ing to get mar­ried then we would have to move back and live in the com­mu­nity. I knew we would never cope if we had to do that.

“In the end we have been granted a shared room and our own lounge in Bryn Bella, which is amaz­ing. We couldn’t ask for more and couldn’t be hap­pier.”

She added: “It just goes to show that mov­ing into a care home isn’t the end of your life. For Steve and me it’s proved to be a whole new beginning.”

Steve said he’s ex­cited for the big day, with res­i­dents and staff from Pen­dine Park, their care home in Wrex­ham, at­tend­ing as guests.

“It’s amaz­ing and I don’t know where the time has gone. It’s all hap­pened quite quickly.

“My mum and sis­ters are com­ing over from South­port for the wed­ding, which will make it even more spe­cial for me.”

He added: “I can’t wait to see Sian in her wed­ding dress, which will be a re­ally spe­cial mo­ment.”

Sian’s care sup­port worker and friend Paul Pel­le­grini said: “Every bride wants to walk to her groom and Sian is no dif­fer­ent.

“It’s fan­tas­tic they have been able to ar­range their wed­ding and why shouldn’t they live hap­pily to­gether as a mar­ried cou­ple?

“It’s amaz­ing.”


Sian Wal­ley and Steven Fer­rier, who are en­gaged af­ter meet­ing and fall­ing in love at a care home

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