A HALESOWEN bride-to-be whose £20k dream wedding was left in tatters with the Thomas Cook collapse will now make it to the altar after kind-hearted people rallied round her.

Ruth Morse, of Dogkennel Lane, was due to marry her partner Jordan Miller in Cyprus on October 8, but their plans were shattered when the holiday giant went bust last week.

Now Ruth and Jordan will tie the knot at St Kenelm's Church in Romsley on Saturday November 9, with a reception at Benjamins in Halesowen, after they scrambled to make alternative arrangements.

Ruth had spent two years planning her dream wedding and was looking forward to a happy event for her family after they were hit by tragedy when her brother Ben Morse was murdered in 2017.

But the 34-year-old said: "The day is going to be just as magical, if not more magical because of everything we have been through.

"Every single guest is still coming and we have also been able to invite people who couldn't make it to Cyprus, which is great. It's a beautiful church, it's lovely.

"The people of Halesowen have been so supportive and we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us."

Ruth said she contacted the priest who conducted her brother Ben's funeral - father Rob Hall of the Halas Team Ministry - he was unavailable on the new date, but the team arranged for the couple to have the use of any church.

Ruth said they considered St John's in Halesowen but it would have been too emotional because Ben's funeral was held there, so they chose St Kenelms.

Bridal shop The Dressing Rooms in Halesowen helped Ruth find a suit for the couple's son Isaac, aged four, who will be a pageboy.

Ruth's daughter Evie, aged nine, will be a bridesmaid.

Ruth said Benjamins in Halesowen had also been "fantastic" - helping her plan the big day.

The Photography Station in Kingswinford has offered to take wedding pictures for free and Halesowen firm Service Robots - which hires out robots for parties and events - has offered a free robot, with a secret surprise, for the evening reception.

Ruth said: "I can't thank everyone enough - the community in Halesowen has been so supportive and helpful, they have really been behind us and our family and friends have been brilliant, so many of them have helped us.

"Thankfully we had some money left over and we have managed to do it on more of a budget.

"I feel excited again now and have been busy planning it all for the last few days."

Self-employed Ruth and Jordan, aged 35, who works for BT, have not heard from Thomas Cook, but hope to be able to claim back the money spent through ATOL, and have lodged a claim through their bank for money spent with other firms on items like decorations.

Ruth's brother Ben, who was a staunch Arsenal fan, died aged 36. He was the victim of an intentional hit-and-run.

The Ben Morse Foundation charity was set up in Ben's memory to support local causes, community projects and those in need of help.

Nidal Alboraiki was jailed for life in October 2017 and will serve a minimum of 15 years for his murder.