Tony’s big gesture

Tony Clarke

When a Sunderland dad diagnosed with incurable cancer went into Tony Clarke Funeral Directors to plan his own funeral, he ended up with more than he had bargained for, as kind-hearted Tony set about arranging his wedding too.

Wayne McMann had previously been given the news that his cancer was incurable, but he and his partner Sue couldn’t afford to get married after a bout of ill health and deaths in the family.

“When Wayne came in and said he was planning a funeral for himself, I couldn’t believe it,” says Tony, who has four funeral homes in Sunderland.

“None of this would have been possible without Tony,” Wayne added. “He did 90% of it – he took Sue for her wedding dress and sorted out all the bridesmaid dresses and shoes.”

“Doing this for them is something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life,” Tony said.

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