STAR-CROSSED LOVERS: A generous community is determined that the time Haydn Kelly and Sophie Dallinger have left together will be as husband and wife.
STAR-CROSSED LOVERS: A generous community is determined that the time Haydn Kelly and Sophie Dallinger have left together will be as husband and wife. Paul Braven

Generosity gives man with cancer a dream wedding

HAYDN Kelly and Sophie Dallinger will finally have their dream wedding on April 11 thanks to the generosity of the Gladstone community.

In December, Haydn, who has terminal brain cancer, proposed to his long-time friend-come-girlfriend, now fiancee, Sophie.

He has battled seizures since April 2014 and was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma in November.

In February, the 20-year-old shared his story with The Observer and the couple asked the community for help with their wedding.

And the response, they said, was overwhelming.

Haydn's mum, Lisa Lucke, said the pair deserved their fairytale wedding.

It will be held a week after Haydn finishes another round of chemotherapy.

"We're just concentrating on getting through the chemotherapy because it knocks him around a fair bit," she said.

"We've just been taking it week by week, month by month, whatever happens happens."

The wedding will be held at her home and the reception will be at the Mount Larcom Hotel.

"He's a very strong young man, and his partner too. She's a very strong young lady," she said.

"It'll be lovely. It's all we've heard about actually," she said, citing the couple's excited planning.

"It's a very simple wedding."

An ice room, a roast pig, Sophie's dress, a band, a four-day honeymoon and decorations have so far been donated to the couple.

There will be 80 guests at the wedding.

After the wedding, Haydn and Sophie will go to Turkey Beach to stay at a cabin that has been donated to them for four days.

To find out more on how you can help create Haydn and Sophie's dream wedding, visit their Facebook page, Haydn's Last Wish.

SPEAK UP: Can you help Haydn and Sophie enjoy their special day? Email newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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