After putting off their marriage for 11 years, a couple tied the knot just three days before the tragic death of the bride from cancer.

Ben and Jen Cooper were engaged to each other in 2010. However, they kept pushing back the wedding date due to family loss and work.

Just days after Jen’s death, the couple tied the knot at the Severn Hospice, Telford, Shropshire.

The mother of five, aged 43, celebrated last year being free from breast cancer after having been treated.

Months later, right before lockdown began, the maths teacher was once again diagnosed as having cancer. She discovered another lump beneath her armpit.

Jen, who was fighting a second battle with the disease, passed peacefully in her sleep on November 20, with Ben, her husband, at her side. After wishing one another ‘goodnight’, they went to bed.

Ben and Jen Cooper got engaged in 2010 but kept putting back their wedding day due to work, family losses and having three children together

Ben and Jen Cooper were engaged to each other in 2010. However, they kept pushing back the wedding date due to family loss and work.

Last year the mother-of-five (pictured with three of her children), 43, had celebrated five years of being cancer free after following treatment for breast cancer

The mother-of-5 (pictured last year with her three children) celebrated five years without cancer after she had been treated for breast cancer.

Ben and Jen during happy times together before she was diagnosed with cancer

Jen with Ben before Jen was diagnosed.

Jen Cooper

Jen with one of her children

Jen was married to Ben for two years and had three children together.

Jen was unable to attend her wedding, so Jen and the husband moved it forward. Jen is now a much better person.

Ben, a Newport resident from Shropshire spoke today, stating: “There were just us, Jen’s mom, and two witnesses.

“We did Bon Jovi for Jen. We got her to wear her dress and we had some bubbly.

“It was amazing. Jen’s gown was placed in Jen’s room by the nurses so she could see it from bed.

“The children were so excited for the wedding that I worried about going home to tell them we were getting married. But they were just as happy for me.

“One positive thing that came out of the wedding arrangements is that the 27th will be transformed into a huge birthday party for my daughters, all who have their birthdays prior to Xmas.

Jen and her husband had two children together, but Ben was able to have three additional children after Jen met Ben.

Ben stated, “The community also generously donated to Just Giving for wedding expenses and they have left it open for me and my kids to keep us afloat.”

“I didn’t know how I was going to get my five children through Christmas and their three birthdays. My salary won’t even cover my expenses. The donations will allow me to make sure they have a happy first birthday/Christmas.

“My daughter was so insistent on wearing her wedding gown to school that she even wore it for every child who needed a non-uniform day.

The couple finally managed to tied the knot last month in the Severn Hospice in Telford, Shropshire, just days before Jen passed away

Jen died just days prior to Jen’s death. Jen and the couple were finally able to tie the knot in Telford at Severn Hospice.

Jen trying on her wedding dress before she finally tied the knot with her long-term partner

Jen trying out her wedding dress, before she tied the knot.

Jen with a dog

Jen Cooper

The lockdown was lifted shortly before the maths teacher, left and right, were diagnosed with another form of cancer after discovering a new lump in her armpit.

Jen began a new battle with the disease but died peacefully on November 20 with husband Ben, 34, by her side, after wishing each other one last 'good night'

Jen lost her battle against the disease, but she passed away peacefully with Ben (34), by her side. They had wished each other a good night and prayed for a speedy recovery.

“Her last moments were held by me as she held my hand. I said to her how much I loved her.

The movie had stopped playing and I was sad that it had ended.

“Then I saw that her chest was not moving. The nurse checked and found she was gone.

“So, either she was just hearing “The kids love” the most or she got another dumb comment from me. Jen would love either.

I stayed there with her, talking to and holding her hand. My friend then came to collect me.

“Then, I kissed her goodbye and then I said good night Beach (her nickname), before I headed home with the children.

Ben shared the photo with Jen on Twitter after the nuptials. Jen later died, and Ben wrote, “I finally married The Love of My Life on Wednesday. It was not the day that we planned, but it was amazing.

“I feel heartbroken” that the marriage won’t be re-counted within days, but years. Do not put off the important things. Tell those you love now.

It has been liked more than 99,800 times, received 4,500 retweets (and 2,000 likes) from those who shared their congratulations. 

Figures and facts about breast cancer 

As a result, more than a million women are not being screened for breast cancer.

According to Breast Cancer Now analysis, around 12,000 women are at risk of developing undetected breast carcinoma and may die.

It was discovered that 1,480,000 women had been waiting for mammograms after national breast screening ended in March 2013.

Chief executive Baroness Delyth Morgan answers some key questions on the disease below.

  • What does it mean to have’secondary” breast cancer?

The second stage of breast cancer (also known as metastatic breast cancer) is where the disease has already spread to another area.

Although secondary breast cancer is sometimes manageable with different treatment combinations, the disease cannot be curbed. In fact, almost every one of the nearly 11,500 people who die each year from breast cancer in the UK has seen the cancer spread.

  • Is primary triple-negative breast cancer considered to be the most serious form of breast cancer?

Triple Negative is a subtype of breast carcinoma that does not contain the three molecules involved in the driving of other types of cancer: the oestrogen and progesterone receptors (ER), PR, and the human epidermal Growth Factor receptor 2(HER2).

Triple-negative breast cancers cannot be treated by drugs that target the receptors of other types of disease. Treatments for triple-negative patients are limited to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery.

The triple negative breast cancer rate is around 15%, which means that approximately 7,500 British women will be diagnosed every year.

Triple-negative breast cancer is more common in younger women and black women.

They are more likely spread to other parts of the body, where they can become fatal. Unfortunately there is no treatment.

“While radiotherapy and chemotherapy are cornerstone treatment options, they can prove to be very exhausting for patients. We need new ways of helping those with triple-negative breast cancer.

  • Why is it that some breast cancers have lower survival rates than others?

There are several types of breast carcinoma, each with its own genetic profile and type of cancer cell.

The outlook of someone suffering from cancer will depend on several factors. These include the extent of the tumour and its location, the time it was detected, the severity of the illness, the spread of the disease, the treatment available, as well as the options that are available.