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Couple wed at St Thomas’ hospital with remote guests looking on

A nurse and doctor who had to cancel their wedding due to Covid-19, have got married at the hospital where they both work.

Jann Tipping, 34, and Annalan Navaratnam, 30, from Tulse Hill, got hitched at the end of April in the Grade II listed chapel at St Thomas’ Hospital.

The couple originally planned to marry in August in London, but had to cancel as their families could not travel from Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka.

However, wedding guests watched remotely instead.

Jann, an ambulatory emergency nurse there for six years, said: "We wanted to have the ceremony while everyone was still healthy.

"It was a nice thing to happen in the middle of an anxious time. The chaplaincy team worked hard to get permission for us to be married, which we appreciated greatly at a time when so much was going on."

Jann added, "A date was set within two weeks and we hadn’t bought my dress or our rings, so we rushed to get everything done quickly."

The service was held by Revd Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual healthcare at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, with only Revd Hilborn, Jann, Annalan and two witnesses inside the chapel.

After the ceremony the newlyweds hosted a virtual drinks reception for their guests, which included their first dance and speeches.

Annalan, an acute medical registrar who has been working at St Thomas’ for one year, said:

“Jann and I wanted to get married from the moment I proposed. We’re so happy we have been able to commit ourselves to one another and that the hospital has been able to support us to do that.”

Source: London News Online


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