A PENSIONER who has been in hospital for nearly has now married his partner of 34 years.

Roy Jones and Lesley Davies, of Penarth, got married at a special ceremony on the Critical Care Unit at the University Hospital of Wales which was organised by NHS staff.

Mr Jones, 77, is seriously ill and has been in hospital for nearly two years due to suffering from serious heart and lung problems.

During his time at the hospital, the couple decided that they should finally get married after meeting more than three decades ago when Mr Jones was the owner of the Swan Inn pub in Taff's well.

The ceremony was held in a private room on the Critical Care Unit which was decorated with flowers, petals and bunting. And Mr Jones' doctors, nurses and physiotherapists were there as well as the couple's families, who came as far afield as Devon to celebrate the occasion.

The wedding was organised by ward sister and chief wedding coordinator Jayne Marchant, who said although the event was organised in a short period of time, it was what the couple wanted.

Ms Marchant said: "We only had five days to organise the wedding.

"All the staff on Critical Care pulled together to make this happen.

"We have been part of their journey over the past two years, we feel like part of their family.”

The now Mrs Jones paid tribute to the hospital staff following the ceremony.

The 75-year-old said: “The staff have been absolutely wonderful, Roy hasn’t been able to wipe the smile from his face. I couldn't have asked for more.”