Strangers step in to make special day go ahead

Simon Winters and Julie Willoughby

Simon Winters and Julie Willoughby

First published in News

A WEDDING couple relying on the generosity of strangers to hold their wedding are getting closer to being able to set a date for their big day.

Simon Winters and Julie Willoughby were inundated with offers of help after being forced to rush their wedding to have Miss Willoughby’s father, who is suffering from cancer, walk her down the aisle.

Mr Winters, 37, a freelance chef said: “We’re still not finalised on everything, but we’re nearly there on a date.

“It should be in the next 17 days.”

The Upper Heyford couple have already had to move their big day – originally set for July 12 – after Mr Winters’ brother, Paul, died aged 33 in a car crash in May.

They delayed the wedding until December, but have had to move it forward again to ensure that Mr Willoughby, 71, from Kidlington, is well enough to walk the bride down the aisle.

Miss Willoughby, 35, who is a service assistant at St Edward’s School, Summertown, said: “It’s just awful. It’s heart-breaking to know that the person that’s been there for you all your life is going to be gone.”

The Oxford Mail reported how a plea on Facebook saw the family inundated with offers of help from around the county.

Our top stories

Video: Is there a flash of Blenheim Palace in new trailer for Bond film Spectre?

Oxford Mail:

9:41pm Sunday 29th March 2015

BLENHEIM Palace seemingly appears in the first official trailer for the new James Bond film Spectre.

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dem election campaign in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Sunday 29th March 2015

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Abingdon this afternoon to launch the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the General Election.

Video: Organisers praise dedication of OX5 runners who braved the elements

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015

HUNDEREDS of people lined the gardens of Blenheim Palace on a wet and windy Sunday to cheer on the runners of today's OX5 Run.

Low power reported in Cumnor and Marcham

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

12:14pm Sunday 29th March 2015

PEOPLE have been left with reduced electricity this afternoon after power problems hit Cumnor and Marcham.

Ukip opens first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:34am Sunday 29th March 2015

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) opened its first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon this morning.

Rail delays between Didcot and Reading reported

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

11:17am Sunday 29th March 2015

DELAYS of up to 25 minutes are being experienced by rail passengers travelling between Didcot Parkway and Reading this morning.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree