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31/03/2015 07:52 BST | Updated 31/03/2015 07:59 BST

Grandmother With Terminal Cancer Given Wedding Of Her Dreams After Strangers Rally Together To Fund The Day

A grandmother with terminal cancer has been left overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers, after they rallied together to give her the wedding of her dreams.

Barbara Carter, 56, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2014 and was given a maximum of nine months to live.

After discovering her bleak prognosis, the mother-of-five opened up to her daughter Joanne about her number one bucket list fantasy - to have a fairytale white wedding.

Little did she know that with the help of complete strangers, her family was about to transform this wish into a reality.

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On 28 March, in a beautiful ceremony at the Village Hotel in Bury, Carter renewed her vows to husband Graham, 61, on their 34th wedding anniversary.

Everything from the flowers to the venue had been either paid for by strangers or gifted to them free of charge.

Overwhelmed by the fact her wish had come true, and at little expense to her family, Carter revealed to the Daily Mail: "The day was everything I could have dreamed of. It was absolutely magical."

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The couple, who are from Bury, renewed their vows at St George’s Church in Hollins Lane, Unsworth.

The grandmother-of-nine revealed that the church was close to her heart as her father Joseph had worked as a churchwarden there for 14 years. Sadly, Joseph passed away in 2005 from pancreatic cancer.

Carter's eldest daughter Joanne says that she was at the hospital with her mum, who was undergoing chemotherapy, when she mentioned that renewing her vows would be top of her bucket list.

"I put it on Facebook in the morning and by the evening we had a wedding venue donated and hundreds more offers flooding in," she adds.

barbara carter

On the day of their wedding, the couple enjoyed a reception for 150 people at the Village Hotel in Bury with decorations and a hot buffet, as well as a hotel room for the night.

Barbara's wedding dress, her bridesmaid's dresses and the groomsmen's outfits were also provided free of charge, along with her make-up package to the flowers, photographer, limo and the honeymoon - all of which were donated by strangers she'd never even met.

Needless to say, it was a far cry from their original marriage at Bury Registry Office when Barbara didn't have the luxury of a wedding dress or a honeymoon.

Following her fairytale day, Carter revealed just how overwhelmed she was by everyone's kindness.

"I can't thank people enough for what they have done for me and Graham. The whole village has been amazing and people have been so kind and wonderful to us," she said.

"It really does put your faith back in humanity."

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