Disabled artist Alison Lapper who was made famous by a statue at Trafalgar Square which shows her eight-months pregnant has married her long-time partner.
The 56-year-old posted pictures onto her Instagram page alongside new husband Simon Clift, calling it the ‘most beautiful fabulous amazing wedding’.
Miss Lapper, who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a condition called phocomelia, wore a diamond ring on her toe made from the ashes of her son Parys and a lock of his hair for last weekend’s ceremony.
Parys died from an accidental drug overdose in August 2019 after years of battling mental health problems having been subjected to bullying over his mother’s disabilities.
She had originally wanted Parys to give her away – but his death meant her dream was cruelly snatched away.
Alison Lapper married long-time partner Simon Clift in the ‘most beautiful fabulous amazing wedding’ last weekend
Miss Lapper and Mr Clift got engaged in May 2019, three months before Miss Lapper’s son Parys was found dead
Alison Lapper (left) with her son Parys who died in August 2019 at the age of 19 after an accidental drug overdose. At her wedding last Saturday, Miss Lapper wore a diamond ring on her toe made from the Parys’ ashes and a lock of his hair
Speaking about her wedding ring following her son’s death, Miss Lapper said: ‘The ring is the only way I can keep him close to me, so he can be with us on the day.’
It was while heavily pregnant with Parys that Miss Lapper famously posed naked for a marble sculpture.
The sculpture, by artist Marc Quinn, later went on display on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square between 2005 and 2007.
Miss Lapper, who was awarded an MBE in 2003 for her services to art, married long-time partner Mr Clift on Saturday, October 2.
She has never named Parys’s father, who left her before he was born. She got engaged to Mr Clift in May 2019.
In the face of great opposition Miss Lapper fought to bring Parys up on her own, as she had been abandoned as an infant by her parents and grew up in institutions.
Mr Clift walks alongside Miss Lapper on the day of Parys’ funeral in August 2019. Parys was carried in a Volkswagen campervan while Miss Lapper requested as many noisy motorbikers as possible to escort Parys on his final journey to Worthing Crematorium
It was while heavily pregnant with Parys that Miss Lapper famously posed naked for a marble sculpture which was on display at Trafalgar Square between 2005 and 2007
Miss Lapper and Mr Clift together during the inquest, in January, into Parys’ death. The teenager died in August 2019
Parys – who appeared in BBC One’s A Child of Our Time – became addicted to both illegal and prescription drugs and his mental health deteriorated as his life spiralled out of control, an inquest into his death heard.
The teenager was found dead from a drugs overdose at a hotel in Worthing, West Sussex on August 13, 2019, just days after being discharged from mental health services where he was being treated for ‘complex mental health issues’.
An inquest into his death found that as well as heroin the teenager had taken several prescription drugs in the hours leading up to his death.
The idea of A Child of Our Time was to chart the lives of 25 youngsters until they reached their 20th birthdays to increase understanding of childhood development.
Parys is the only one of the 25 to have died before reaching that milestone.
At the conclusion of his inquest in January, Miss Lapper broke down in tears and was comforted by Mr Clift.
Afterwards she said her ‘Miracle Millennium baby’ had been failed by mental health teams.
Mr Clift described Parys as a ‘mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy’, adding: ‘he was a good son’
Miss Lapper was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a condition called phocomelia. Pictured: appearing on This Morning in September 2019 a month after Parys’ death
She said: ‘It has been extremely painful listening to the many failings. Parys should never have been discharged from mental heath services shortly before he died.
‘I hope that no other family has to experience the loss of their child due to failings in mental health services. Parys was a wonderful, bright, talented son who will be greatly missed.’
Mr Clift described Parys as ‘a mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy’. He added: ‘He was his own man. He was a good son.’
In January, West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield found Parys died from an accidental overdose of heroin and an anti-anxiety drug.
She said the case was ‘tragic’ but claimed there had been ‘missed opportunities’ to tackle his substance misuse.
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