A COUPLE’s romantic plans for a wedding in Spain have been shattered by a devastating medical diagnosis.
But Steve Kennett and Byron Schofield refuse to be beaten by the news and have now celebrated their love with a fun wedding ceremony in Chester.
“It was a day of life and laughter,” Byron said.
“We had planned to get married in Sitges, 20 minutes from the coast of Barcelona, where we have many friends. We had thought of doing it in a year or two, but following Steve’s diagnosis, we decided to do it as soon as possible.
Doctors told Steve, 57, after a battery of tests, that he had motor neurone disease after a year of symptoms. He is now on medication, but there is no cure for this cruel terminal illness.
“He was diagnosed in January of this year. It was quite a shock, even though we knew it could be MND.
“Steve had long term back problems and had a spinal fusion 20 years ago. When he started with foot drop difficulties we thought it might be related to this, but no.
The couple met at a mutual friend’s art exhibition in Manchester and retro sweets including Love Hearts were the table decorations offered to guests.
“He sat across from me and passed me a Love Heart that said ‘hey boy’ and raised his eyebrows. I thought ‘he’s into me, he’s gay’,” Bryon, 38, said. .
“That was nine years ago and I was living in Manchester. We decided to give it a year and then we decided to live together and I moved in with him at his home in Ellesmere Port.
Steve was a plant operator for Thomas Plant Hire, driving huge excavators and involved in works such as sea defenses in Blackpool. After his health began to decline, the company let him work from their offices and then from home, but he sadly retired in February.
Byron used to work at Legoland in Manchester, but is now a teaching assistant at a primary school and Steve’s primary carer.
“We got married at the Chester Register Office last month with 22 guests including our two parents, followed by a Pesto reception at the Yacht in Chester.
“It may not have been the wedding we were going to have with more guests, but it was a wedding nonetheless and it was still the most magnificent day,” he said. -he declares.
“We wanted to tell our story to help raise awareness about MND and encourage people to support the Association’s fundraising efforts to provide assistance to people living with the disease and in the search for a cure,” added Byron.
Anyone interested in learning more can go online at https://mndawirral.org