May 10 2004
Birmingham Evening Mail
They say love finds a way and it certainly did for one city couple who tied the knot after finding a church with an aisle wide enough to take both their wheelchairs.
Sibella Hickman and Paul Henry said 'I do' side by side at the United Reformed Church Centre in Balsall Heath thanks to a double width aisle.
It was a dream come true for the couple who are the first residents of Amberley Court private nursing home in Edgbaston to become husband and wife.
The pair, both Born Again Christians at the Midland Churches of Christ in Ladywood, have been pals for almost ten years. They got engaged on Valentine's Day this year.
Sibella, 40, from Selly Oak, a former teacher at Chandos Primary School in Highgate, was forced to give up the career she loved five years ago because of multiple sclerosis. Husband Paul, 44, from Handsworth, is paralysed down his left side after suffering a stroke while playing football.
Proud Paul, who is studying to become a social worker, said: "It was the happiest day of my life and I have a beautiful bride."
Sibella, who had been in hospital having tests until the day before her wedding, added:
"We never thought we would be able to get married in church because we couldn't find one with a wide enough aisle for both our electric wheelchairs. It's a dream come true for us."
More than 100 guests attended the ceremony led by the Rev Leonora Jagessar.
Diane Flanner, Amberley Court activities co-ordinator, said: "Sibella
and Paul are very popular members of our home and their wedding has given
everyone a real boost. They deserve to find happiness together and we're
all thrilled for them."
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