A TERMINALLY ill mother has passed away just weeks after the community rallied to create her dream wedding.
Natalie Bradley-Price from Woodrow died peacefully on May 15 with her husband Andy and family by her side.
The courageous 30-year-old was given just six weeks to live at the end of February because she had Fibrosing Alveolitis, a severe lung disease usually found in the elderly.
She had just two wishes – to send her sons Bradley and Callum to Disney World in Florida and to marry her partner of 11 years, Andy.
After hearing about her plight, friend Lisa Dorgan set up an online donation page and organised the wedding in just 20 days. Southcrest Manor held the ceremony and reception and other companies offered their services.
Donations poured in to help raise the £5,000 needed towards sending the boys to the world- famous theme park and the family have since been contacted by a woman in Germany who will fund the entire trip.
But sadly Natalie, who lost her mother to lung cancer and who also lost her ten-week-old daughter Paige to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, will not get to see the lads go.
The family celebrated her life at a ceremony at St Leonard’s Church in Beoley on Wednesday (June 3), where everyone was told to wear a splash of pink – Natalie’s favourite colour.
Her coffin was also pink, while her two sons released pink balloons to mark her passing.
Husband Andy said the day was ‘truly amazing’ with lots of people turning out to remember his beautiful wife.
“The funeral was everything she wanted and more. She wrote everything down about what she’d like on the day and we gave it to her – she would be so proud.
“There were people who I didn’t even know, but so many people loved Natalie. She was amazing. She was the most unselfish, caring person. She would do anything for people she loved. Even on the day she passed away we had packages of clothes delivered to us from her. She never once thought of herself, even when she was really really poorly.”
He added: “The support we have all received has been great and I just want Natalie to be remembered for the unselfish person she was.
“I was with her at the end and I just whispered to her ‘let it go’. She finally can now and we know she’s at peace.”