Wedding bid to make Stanno laugh

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 December 2011

Andrea Hayes and Shaun Parkin

Andrea Hayes and Shaun Parkin

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The Exmouth sister of Exeter City striker Adam 'Stanno' Stansfield is waiting to hear if she has won her dream wedding.

An Exmouth woman is waiting with baited breath to discover if she has fulfilled her late footballer brother’s wish for a dream wedding.

Before Andrea’s Exeter City striker brother Adam ‘Stanno’ Stansfield died from bowel cancer in August 2010, he made his sister’s partner of five years Shaun Parkin, 54, promise to marry her.

In a bid to fulfil the footballer’s final wish the pair entered an on-line competition to win a dream wedding in the Bahamas and have been asking friends and family to help them scoop the top prize.

The dream wedding can only be won if the couple receive the highest number of votes. Friends and family have been avidly voting by text or online to help the couple achieve their happy day.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday November 30. The winners are announced in January 2012.

Andrea, who recently plummeted 15,000 feet from an aeroplane to raise much-needed funds for The Adam Stansfield Foundation - a charity which raises awareness of bowel cancer and also gives grants and helps with facilities so local children under-16 can play football – said her brother would be ‘over the moon’ about the wedding and laughing at their efforts to scoop the prize.

Andrea said: “It was one of wishes before he passed away. He said it would be something exciting for the family to do.

“He told Shaun ‘you need to ask my sister to marry you’.

“Adam passed away and Shaun proposed at the first football match after Adam’s passing.”

Andrea and Shaun’s hope to exchange their vows at 4pm on the island of Acklins on May 16, 2012

The dream wedding is extended to 16 other couples and marriage ceremonies, which will be held simultaneously on 16 Bahamian islands.

Andrea said marrying Shaun would be the ‘icing on the cake’ for the family after a difficult time.

She said Shaun had been her ‘rock’ after Adam’s death – and also after her first husband lost his battle with bowel cancer.

Andrea and fiancé Shaun found ‘love over the counter’ when the Tiverton College lecturer called into a shop where Stanno’s sister worked.

She said Shaun ‘made a big difference’ to her life, helping her through difficult times.

Learn more about the couple’s dream wedding at: www.bahamas16weddings.co.uk/home/couple:369

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