First Dates pair finally marrying after two cancelled weddings and bride’s mum’s death

A bride who revealed her mum’s terminal cancer diagnosis to her beau on TV show First Dates will finally marry her match on Sunday, after two cancelled wedding dates.

Cindy Thompson won the nation’s hearts on the dating show when she was matched with Elan Cohen and shared the devastating story about her mum Angela’s incurable brain cancer diagnosis.

Angela sadly passed away in June 2018 after battling glioblastoma, a very aggressive type of brain cancer.

After bonding on the TV show, Cindy and Elan went from strength to strength and got engaged – but their first two wedding dates were scuppered due to Covid.

Now, they can’t wait to say their vows in front of their friends and family.

Although Cindy’s mum won’t be there to see her tie the knot, her proud dad Mike will walk her down the aisle on Sunday.

Cindy will include tributes to her mum, Angela, on her wedding day


The Brain Tumour Charity/Cindy Thompson)

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And the bride-to-be is certain that, although her mum won’t be there in person, she’ll be watching over her on the big day.

Cindy, 31, said: “I am thrilled that Elan and I are getting married at last.

“We will miss Mum so much but it will feel like she’s at my side.”

She added she’s grateful her mum got to meet Elan, who she describes as “the love of my life.”

“She adored him and her last words to him were, ‘Please don’t let me down’,” Cindy revealed.

“Elan held her hand and promised he wouldn’t – he’s been true to his word. He’s been my rock and I wouldn’t have got through everything without him.”

Elan and Cindy originally planned to marry on 17 May, 2020 but when the UK went into lockdown and it became clear their wedding wouldn’t go ahead, they postponed to 8 November 2020.

Sadly, the pair were forced to reschedule once more with their venue and the caterers.

The pair are planning a rose gold and khaki themed bash in a nod to their first meeting on First Dates.

The lovebirds were dubbed #Teamkhaki after both turning up to the restaurant in the same-coloured outfits.

They’re also arranging beautiful tributes to Angela in the ceremony, with the celebrant from her funeral officiating the wedding.

“It means everything to me to have that link and Erica will pay a tribute to my mum at the beginning of the ceremony,” said Cindy.

“She listened to my mum’s inner-most thoughts and has been there for us as a family ever since.

When the pair first met, they unintentionally showed up to the date in matching outfits


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“She’s told me how honoured she is to be with us at the most painful time of our lives and now sharing the happiest time of our life.

“We can’t wait to bring our two families together as we move forward with our lives.”

Cindy will also tuck a rose from her mum’s wedding corsage in 1989 into her bridal bouquet.

She’s raising money for the Yorkshire Brain Tumour Charity, which has supported the family since Angela’s diagnosis, through her wedding favours.

And they’ll heed her mum’s wise advice throughout their marriage, always treating each other with empathy.

“The very last conversation I had with Mum about Elan, she said: ‘Be kind to each other’,” said Cindy.

“That’s become our mantra and we’re having it as part of our wedding vows.”

Cindy and Elan hope their marriage will mirror Angela and Mike’s


The Brain Tumour Charity/Cindy Thompson)

Cindy has been dreaming of her perfect wedding day since May 2020


The Brain Tumour Charity/Cindy Thompson)

The bride added they want their relationship to mirror her parents’ loving marriage.

“They were very close and had so much respect for each other. They laughed together and whatever life threw at them, they got through it with such resilience,” she said.

As well as touching nods to their family, the pair will also pay homage to First Dates maître d’, Fred Sirieix, greeting guests with a cardboard cut-out of the TV favourite.

Although Angela hasn’t been around to help Cindy with the wedding planning, she’s had the support of her best friend, Andrea.

“It was so hard seeing other women dress shopping with their mothers,” she said. “But Andrea is like a second mum to me and she’s been such a fantastic support.”

Looking back on their First Dates appearance when the pair met in October 2017, Cindy said she was attracted to Elan as soon as he walked in.

“When I told him about my mum, he was so understanding and compassionate. Then he invited me to Manchester the following weekend and that was it.”

In January 2019, Cindy moved into Elan’s flat. By May, he’d proposed.

The pair moved into their “dream home” this January – a four bedroom house.

The pair moved into their dream house in January of this eyar


The Brain Tumour Charity/Cindy Thompson)

Cindy is sharing her story through The Brain Tumour Charity, which is currently trialling cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating glioblastoma.

The Charity is fundraising £450,000 to fund a phase II trial to see if adding Sativex to chemotherapy could help those fighting glioblastoma – which currently has an average survival of less than 10 months.

Cindy said: “I’m backing The Brain Tumour Charity’s Sativex trial as the most painful thing to accept was that nothing could be done for my mum – there was no hope.

“From a fiercely independent, vibrant, intelligent woman, my mum became a shadow of her former self.

“It may be too late for her but I am passionate about research and this is the first glimmer of hope for decades to give extra time to live for for people diagnosed with glioblastoma – I want to help spare other families our heartache, and know Mum did, too.”

After the wedding, the pair will take a short trip to Greece, and are planning a longer honeymoon in Sri Lanka in January 2022.

Dr David Jenkinson, The Brain Tumour Charity’s interim chief executive, said: “Cindy and Elan have our warmest wishes for their marriage and we are so grateful to them for sharing their story to help us raise awareness about our pioneering Sativex trial.

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“We hope the trial could pave the way for a long-awaited new lifeline that could help offer glioblastoma patients precious extra months to live and make memories with their loved ones.

“With so few treatments available and average survival still so heartbreakingly short, thousands affected by a glioblastoma in the UK each year are in urgent need of new options and new hope.

“The recent phase I findings were really promising and we now look forward to understanding whether adding Sativex to chemotherapy could help offer life-extension and improved quality of life, which would be a major step forward in our ability to treat this devastating disease.

“Anyone affected by a glioblastoma can speak to us for support and information on 0808 800 0004 or by emailing [email protected] If you need someone to talk to, we’re here for you.”

To donate to The Brain Tumour Charity’s appeal, click here


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