A COUPLE from Laverstock have seen their wedding plans put on hold following a difficult year.

Caitlin Troup and Daniel Clarke became a couple in 2010 but not long afterwards, Caitlin’s three-year-old son, Jonah, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

“We were shattered but we’ve stayed strong and supported each other through the gruelling months of chemotherapy,” said Caitlin.

The couple met and dated in 2004 when they were at school but broke up when both moved away, getting back together when they later returned to the city.

Caitlin said: “We talked more and more when I moved back to Salisbury. He suggested meeting up and we haven’t really been apart since.”

Daniel, 24, took Caitlin to her favourite Italian restaurant in January this year and had planned for a bunch of her favourite flowers to be there when they arrived.

He proposed to her with an engagement ring which was a family heirloom that he had had restored. “It was lovely; really romantic,” said Caitlin.

They set a date for April next year but Caitlin has had to give up her job as a nanny to support Jonah through his treatment.

Despite the strain on their relationship, the couple have supported each other through a difficult year and can’t wait to become husband and wife. Caitlin said: “Ultimately, throughout this difficult time, our love for one another has grown and we feel truly lucky to have each another.

“To get married would make all the difference; we would feel like a proper family.

“We’ve known right from the start that we wanted to spend our lives together, and winning the competition would allow us to do that.

“It has just been a horrible, horrible year and we know that if we’ve made it through this we can make it through anything.”

To vote for Daniel and Caitlin call 09011 511 081 or text WEDDING 081 to 80360.