The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation: Making wedding dreams come true

24 Oct 2018

Since 2012 The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has been helping to organise and fund weddings for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses

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For many people with a terminal or life-limiting illness the chance to marry the love of their life is something they can only dream of. When one partner has to give up work to care for the other, money can be tight. Sadly, time is often short.

This is where the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation comes in. Founded in 2012 by Naomi Thomas after a devastating cancer diagnosis, the charity helps to organise and fund weddings throughout the UK for people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. 

Naomi’s shock diagnosis came shortly after her son Devon was born. She and her then fiancé Graham were desperate to get married – but finances were tight. With the help of a wedding planner and local suppliers, they were able to experience the wedding of their dreams. Now, with your help, that dream can come true for other couples in need.

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

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Naomi has received many awards over the years for her inspiring work including the British Empire Medal on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016. Earlier this year, Naomi was also named Business Mother of the Year at the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards in May.

She says: “Despite my diagnosis of terminal secondary breast cancer a little over seven years ago I still feel so strong, and am determined to fulfil as many dreams as I can in the time that I have left. However, it is just as important that we are able to enjoy our time together, and make precious memories that Devon can treasure when I am no longer here.”

How you can help

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation relies entirely on donations. The charity doesn’t qualify for grants or Lottery funding as weddings are considered to be a luxury item, so Graham and Naomi do not take a salary and, of course, their team of volunteers also work for free.

  • Whether it’s a 10k run, triathlon or sky-dive, a sponsored sporting event is a great way to raise money. Get in touch with the charity if you plan to support them through a sporting event – the team can promote your fundraiser on their Facebook and Twitter accounts
  •  Ask your own wedding guests to donate to the charity instead of buying you a gift. Details of how to do this can be found on the website here
  •  Buy a canvas bag bearing the charity’s logo or a signed copy Naomi’s book, No Ordinary Wedding Planner. Please be aware that the website is currently being reconstructed but you can still buy the above from the online shop. 

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

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