A PATIENT suffering from lung cancer has married his fiancee at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, surrounded by friends and family.

Guests gathered at Worcestershire Royal Hospital yesterday to see Steve Pearce, 63, marry Janet Seymour, 59, at the Evergreen Ward.

More than 20 friends and family members were there to see the devoted couple tie the knot.

The couple said they were delighted their guests could join them and that they were both very happy to become husband and wife.

Mr Pearce, who has stage four lung cancer, added: “We are delighted to see everyone here. I would like to thank everyone for coming - you’ve been amazing.”

Before officially marrying the couple, Registrar Richard Rudell said: “I have done weddings in hospitals before, but never have I seen so many friends and well wishers in a hospital wedding before.”

The special day came as Mr Pearce's son, Lee, launched a desperate appeal for help to raise £100,000 for private treatment to save his father.

Lee Pearce wants to raise £100,000 for a new cancer treatment known as CAR T-Cell Therapy.

He said: “On Boxing Day he had a CT scan and the doctors said the cancer has broken his spinal cord and is unrepairable

“We just can’t give up. There is a new treatment available called Car T-Cell Therapy but it is only available privately.

“We don’t have much time so we need to start him on treatment as soon as possible.

“We haven’t got long so time is precious.”

CAR T-Cell Therapy is a type of treatment in which some of a patient’s immune system cells are changed in a laboratory so they will attack cancer cells. T cells are taken from a patient’s blood before a special receptor that binds to a certain protein on the patient’s cancer cells is added in the laboratory.

The special receptor is called a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR). Large numbers of the CAR T-cells are grown in the laboratory and given to the patient by infusion. CAR T-cell therapy is being studied in the treatment of some types of cancer.

The couple, both originally from Dudley, have been together for the past five years.

To find out more about Lee’s fundraising efforts, go to www.gofundme.com/life-saving-treatment-for-stage-4-cancer