Jade Goody and her sons were christened in a ‘very emotional’ ceremony at the hospital where she is being treated for terminal cancer. The reality TV personality – who is feared to have only days left to live – took part in the ceremony with sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four, in the chapel of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
The 27-year-old, sitting in a wheelchair and attached to a drip, was assisted by nurses during the 20-minute service. She was wearing a hospital gown and Freddie was sitting on her lap. Ms Goody’s ex-boyfriend Jeff Brazier, the boys’ father, stood nearby, close to her new husband Jack Tweed.
Ms Goody had insisted on being christened with her children as one of her final requests. Her spokesman Max Clifford said: ‘This is Jade’s way of keeping in touch with the boys. Her words were, “They have got Jesus around them now.”’ The ceremony was conducted by the hospital’s chaplain the Rev Chris Lee and also by Miss Goody’s local vicar Corinne Brixton, from St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill, near her home in Upshire, Essex.
The former Big Brother contestant had originally wanted to hold the ceremony in church but it had to be held in the hospital in Fulham, West London, because of her failing health.
Twenty-six of her friends and family attended, including the five bridesmaids at her recent wedding, her mother Jackiey Budden, her close friend Kevin Adams and her grandmother and grandfather.
Jack Tweed told friends: ‘It was a very special occasion, especially for the boys. We are both glad we were able to do this and the hospital has been brilliant. ‘It was important to take this opportunity to have this christening today. The boys were so good. They are such a credit to their mum.’
Ms Goody had spent most of the week asleep under sedation but has been determined for the christening to go ahead.
Mr Clifford said: ‘It is in my mind that she was saying her final goodbyes to people as she was smiling and kissing them on the way out. For some people, it will be the last time that they see her. It was very emotional.‘The two things she wanted to do were to get married and to have this christening. Now she has done them both, with style and with a smile on her face. Of course there were tears.
'You couldn’t help but cry because you knew that when she said goodbye to some people there, it was going to be for the last time.
‘But it was also a very happy occasion because it was fulfilling one of her final wishes. She had a smile and a kiss for everyone.
‘The boys were a bit worried about the water being put on their heads but they put up with it and everybody clapped.’