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Dorset bride requests charity raffle participation instead of wedding gifts

20 Jun 2018

In a selfless act of support, a bride from Shillingstone asked that her wedding guests take part in a charity raffle for local cancer patients instead of buying wedding gifts 

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Following their wedding at Holyrood Church on Saturday 19th May 2018, bride Kay Farrell and her groom Gary Ridout held a charity raffle during their reception at Portman Hall. 

Having asked guests to refrain from buying wedding gifts and take part in the raffle instead prior to the big day, Kay made the decision to support her chosen charity Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCFF) to give back to a cause close to her heart.

Kay, who is a mum of three, said: “Many of my family and friends have experienced cancer. Some have even lost their lives to it. One of my best friends, Ali Campbell, is thankfully winning her battle against it, so I thought: Gary and I have everything we need, why not use this happy occasion to help people who are fighting cancer?."

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Ali was even in attendance on the day to host the raffle. After she was diagnosed with head and neck cancer almost a year ago, Ali received tremendous support from DCFF. She said: “It’s fabulous that Kay and Gary used their wedding day to help DCCF. You don’t realise until you actually have cancer that it can make everyday things like paying the mortgage and the bills and even affording the weekly shop, incredibly difficult. So having a local charity step forward and offer to help is a huge weight off your mind."

This wasn't the first time that Kay has held a charity raffle and has even forgone gifts on two of her birthdays to raise funds for cancer charities. She said: "My friends and family are always happy to support me and everyone loves a raffle. The wedding raffle was a fun addition to the festivities; we collected some great prizes for the wedding day, including beauty treatments and bottles of bubbly.”

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation was formed in 2012 to help people in the county cope with the financial pressures of the disease. For more information on DCCF and how you can support the charity and Dorset’s cancer patients visit: www.dccf.co.uk/

Wedding images: Tim Ferris

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