In total £600 was raised and a band and DJ have agreed to play for free
Electrician David Croft, 27, and Andrea, 28, married in December. But during the wedding breakfast at Mitton Hall, Clitheroe, Lancs, David collapsed.
After the newlyweds were taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, guests had a whip round for another party next month.
In total, £600 was raised and a band and DJ have agreed to play for free and a suit-hire firm, a photographer, a stationary company and a make-up artist have all offered their services free.
I told the doctors it was my wedding the next day so they decided to try to aspirate the air out with needles
Yesterday, Andrea said: “We can’t believe people’s generosity, especially as they’d already given wedding presents, bought outfits and bought expensive drinks at Mitton Hall. It really restores your faith, we’re very touched.
“It’s turned something that was really a shame and devastated us, into something that’s really overwhelmed us with kindness.”
The couple, from Lostock Hall, Lancs, have a daughter Lilly, 4.
The couple have a daughter, Lilly
They spent months planning their wedding but on David’s stag party he suffered his first of three collapsed-lung episodes.
It happened again just the day before they planned to tie the knot last month.
David explained: “I told the doctors it was my wedding the next day so they decided to try to aspirate the air out with needles.
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“It was painful but it was that or cut my chest open and put in a drain and that would have meant missing the wedding.”
The couple spent months planning their wedding
At 7am, nurses let David return to their wedding hotel with Andrea and Lilly. David said: “I woke up not feeling on top form but then the wedding cars arrived and the adrenaline kicked in and I made it through the emotional service.”
At about 2pm, after the speeches, David popped to their honeymoon suite for a lie down but his condition worsened.
Andrea explained: “When the paramedics arrived they said it was the worst they’d ever seen. There was no air in the lung at all because it had been left so late.”
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She said they did not want to spoil the party and asked guests to carry on while they went to hospital.
“We’d put so much effort and money into it,” she said. David added: “Everyone was sending us selfies, enjoying themselves. The nurses even gave us our own ‘honeymoon’ room’”
The money has allowed David and Andrea to book a second reception on February 25. David said: “It’s lovely. We felt like we’d been robbed. We saved up for it but didn’t get to see it.”