The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation: How suppliers can help make wedding wishes come true

06 Nov 2018

A national callout to wedding suppliers to help support The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

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For many people with a terminal illness, the chance to marry the love of their life is something they can only dream of. When wedding planner Naomi Thomas received a devastating cancer diagnosis, she and her then fiancé Graham were desperate to get married - but finances were tight. But with the help of a wedding planner and local suppliers, they were able to have the wedding of their dreams. 

Wanting to help other couples in similar circumstances, Naomi and Graham founded The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation in 2012. The charity helps people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses have the wedding of their dreams by stepping in to organise their perfect day during the toughest times. The charity relies on donations - weddings are considered a luxury item, so the charity does not qualify for grants or Lottery funding.

We at Bride are working hand in hand with The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. The aims of the charity are at the heart of what Bride believes in – the chance for every couple to have the wedding of their dreams filled with love and happiness, surrounded by family and friends. 

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Image: Founders Naomi and Graham Thomas with Reign and Leigh Baylis on their wedding day

The foundation couldn’t operate without its database of wedding suppliers who offer their services at a reduced cost or, in some cases, for free. So, this is a national callout to all wedding service suppliers to consider putting your names on the list. The team organise weddings across the UK so no matter where your company is based, you can help support the charity. 

Naomi says: “I am still so amazed and so humbled by the suppliers that we come into contact with. The wedding industry has been so, so supportive of the charity and its work, and never ceases to impress me whenever we have a couple in need. We really couldn’t do what we do without our suppliers’ support, or the awareness that they’re always so happy to raise.”

Graham says: “Any suppliers prepared to join the database can be reassured every case considered for a full or partial wedding is 100 per cent genuine. Anyone who applies has to meet strict criteria including submitting full medical documentation.”

If you would like to add your name to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s database of suppliers, email info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk.

Follow the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

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