Tributes to Leyland bride who died days after her dream wedding

Paula Garside and Mark Lancaster, pictured just before their dream Valentine's Day wedding
Paula Garside and Mark Lancaster, pictured just before their dream Valentine's Day wedding

Tributes have been paid to a brave Leyland mum who died a week after her dream wedding.

Paula Garside, from Springfield Road, died in hospital exactly a week after marrying her long-term partner, Mark Lancaster.

Paula Garside on her wedding day

Paula Garside on her wedding day

The 38-year-old had been fighting cervical cancer since 2009, which had spread to her lungs, liver, chest and elbow.

Last month, she was given the devastating news that she didn’t have long left to life, and her dying wish was to marry Mark in front of her loved ones.

Family friend Sophie Wilding said: “Paula was a genuinely caring, generous and thoughtful person right up until her last days, when she was worrying about leaving her family when she knew there wasn’t any hope.”

Mum-of-three Paula was taken ill a few days after her Valentine’s Day wedding, and was in hospital until she passed away.

“Paula was a genuinely caring, generous and thoughtful person right up until her last days, when she was worrying about leaving her family when she knew there wasn’t any hope”

Family friend Sophie Wilding

Her new husband, Mark, was by her side.

“Paula loved her children immensely and Mark was her best friend,” family friend Sophie said.

“She often came into my salon with her daughter Kiera, who always ended up costing her a fortune because she would buy her hair bows, headbands and make up!

“We all grew up on Wade Hall so everyone knew everyone in the community, and Paula was very well liked and loved.

“At one point, she was doing really well and she felt she was responding to treatment and said she wouldn’t need any more intensive treatment at that time.

“Then she came one day with the devastating news that the cancer had spread and was terminal. She still remained positive though and had hope that maybe something could be done.”

Paula, who used to work for Holland’s Pies before she became ill, had an appointment at The Christie hospital in Manchester, and was hoping to be considered for a new medical trial.

Before her wedding, Paula told the Guardian: “I wanted to know how long I had as I want to be able to prepare the kids.

“I just want more time with my children.

“I wanted to see them go to high school, but I don’t think that will happen now.”

She also said she would have loved to have made it through to her first wedding anniversary.

Friend Sophie added: “She was massively looking forward to the wedding, she was so excited.

“The day was emotional, happy and beautiful.

“I was glad to be apart of it, and everyone was proud to call Paula a friend.

“Sadly she didn’t get to go on the honeymoon break planned with Mark.

“She was the centre of her family and is greatly missed by all who knew her.”