Tommy Pilling and Maryanne Pilling have been married for 22 years and are still very much in love. This is in spite of the fact that they both have Down’s Syndrome.
Their story serves as an inspiration to love birds all over the world. Most importantly, though, their story offers hope to parents of children with Down’s Syndrome.
Their union, sadly, hasn’t always been smooth.
Linda Newman, Maryanne’s sister, takes care of the couple. She recounts the tale of the day Maryanne first met Tommy. Maryanne couldn’t stop smiling or talking about Tommy. After 18 months of successful courtship, Tommy proposed to Maryanne; she said yes. Tommy then went on to meet Maryanne’s mother, Linda Martin, to ask for her blessing.
Mrs Martin was more than pleased but insisted
that they get a proper ring rather than the toy ring Tommy had used. Tommy’s
soon-to-be mother-in-law wanted there to be a proper wedding. Maryanne finally
got her much awaited dream wedding at St. Mary’s Church in Shoeburyness, Essex
in the month of July. They are believed to be the first Down’s Syndrome couple
to get married
Their marriage wasn’t well received by some. Insults were hurled at Linda Martin for allowing her daughter to get married to Tommy. Linda, thankfully, didn’t give in and insisted that the decision remained with Maryanne and Tommy.
after celebrating 20 years of marriage, the had nasty encounter with two
thieves. They presented themselves as friends and then stole Tommy's wallet. A
little shaken, the couple stopped going out. People from as far as Australia
and USA offered to chaperone them while many more offered kind words of encouragement
after the incident.
opposition and brief encounter with thieves, Mr and Mrs Pilling are much in
love and happy with their lives. They have a large following online who often
encourage them and even emulate them. True love does exist.