THE weekend brought a change of scenery for 33-year-old Burton leukaemia sufferer Katherine Sinfield.
The reception teacher usually spends her days dealing with various doctors, consultants and district nurses, but this weekend saw her visit the Houses of Parliament for a wedding.
The wedding between pharmacist Alice Ward and Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills gave Katherine a day trip with a difference and a rare chance to take a closer look behind the scenes at Parliament.
The Balfour Street resident told the Mail: “Alice is a childhood friend of mine and was also one of our bridesmaids.
“Because she is marrying Nigel, who is a serving MP, they were allowed to get married at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft and then host their reception within a marquee overlooking the River Thames.
“Dining in the Winston Churchill room and enjoying drinks in the Speaker’s Chambers is not something you do every day and so I was keen to make the most of it.
“We treated the trip to London like a holiday as we had to cancel our planned two-week break in the summer because of my leukaemia.
“Although the weekend has been very tiring, it has been extremely worthwhile.”
Katherine is the focus of the Mail’s Take Five Minutes campaign, which was launched earlier this year in a bid to recruit more bone marrow and blood donors.
The teacher is now waiting for a bone marrow transplant, which doctors say will save her life.
As she battles cancer and searches for a donor, Katherine has set up her own Twitter account to help the campaign.
To find our more about Katherine, follow her at @Leukaemia_and_K