FEW brides will leave all the wedding planning to their husband-to-be but that’s exactly what Mandy Barwick has done.
Mandy and fiance Andrew Taylor, of Golcar, will tie the knot on Thursday.
But all Mandy, 44, knows is where and when to turn up. Oh, and she’s also picked her dress.
All the rest of the preparations for the big day have been down to accountant Andrew, 47, and his “wedding committee”.
Huddersfield born-and-bred Mandy is a renowned charity fund-raiser who has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for various good causes.
Now working for Huddersfield Town’s charity, the Huddersfield Town Foundation, she has organised some of the county’s most lavish events – so there’s no pressure on Andrew!
“Everything has gone according to plan and there will be one or two surprises for Mandy along the way,” said Andrew.
“Mandy has high standards and I just hope we can live up to them.”
Mandy, a mum-of-one, was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in July 2011 and has undergone a series of operations.
She is still fighting the disease and has periods where she is unwell.
Andrew had repeatedly proposed to Mandy but she insisted she was too busy with her charity work to think about a wedding.
But this summer Andrew sounded out Mandy’s friends about her thoughts on marriage and the seed of an idea was sown.
Mandy agreed to fit in the big day between Christmas and New Year – as long as Andrew organised it.
Andrew got together with Mandy’s friends Vicki Davenport, Helen Thewlis, Jane Robinson and Carol Cooke to form a “wedding committee” and had less than six months to organise a wedding to surpass Mandy’s dreams.
“It wasn’t easy to find a venue or a registrar because we had a narrow timescale but we’ve managed it,” said Andrew, who has a daughter.
“We will be finalising everything on Boxing Day, but we are almost ready to go.”
When Mandy’s cancer was diagnosed it merely served to inspire and motivate her.
The couple announced their terrible news by throwing a huge party for 100 guests at their home on Yorkshire Day last year.
“Rather than curl up and die we showed the strength of our relationship by throwing a party,” said Mandy, who then launched a punishing schedule of fundraising.
She took part in Town’s Pedal for Pounds charity ride this year despite her illness.
“I never stop and I will be working at the Town game against Blackpool on Boxing Day, the day before the wedding,” she added.
“I want people to see that if I can get through breast cancer in my 40s then so can others.”
Mandy has every faith in Andrew’s wedding planning – backed up by her friends – but said: “I have high standards and opulent is the word for the balls I have organised.
“Andrew and my friends know what I like so I’m sure it will be wonderful.”
The wedding – not a traditional affair – will be at The Rock in Holywell Green. Just 46 guests have been invited, all of them people who have helped the couple through Mandy’s illness.
“It will be a very emotional day,” said Mandy. “We thought last year we might be organising a funeral not a wedding. I want the day to be perfect and I’m sure it will be.”