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Thank you!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to an absolutely amazing couple who recently donated a breathtaking £10,000 to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation – a repeat of their generosity from last year. You know who you are, and we really cannot say thank you enough. You are helping to change so many lives.

We have also had a fantastic donation from Silk and Satin Weddings – £102.50, to be exact. Again, this is another brilliant effort, and we are so, so grateful that you have taken the time to help us.

YOU CAN HELP!

If you fancy overcoming a fear of heights or simply want to help a good cause, we are still looking for participants for our charity abseil on 17th May. Contact info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk, or visit our Facebook page for more information.

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The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards 2015

It seems like only yesterday that the winners of the 2014 Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards were being announced, but we can confirm that plans for the 2015 celebrations are already in motion! Watch this space for the next announcement.

To keep up to date with the latest news, please follow the dedicated Facebook page – don’t be the last to know!

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No Ordinary Wedding Planner – pre-order today!

This is just a quick reminder that Naomi’s book, ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’, is available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk. Due to be released on 6th June 2014 (Naomi and Graham’s second wedding anniversary) by HarperTrue, the book details Naomi’s life with cancer and her inspirational mission to help those around her.

Need any more convincing? Read on…

This is the inspiring story of Naomi Thomas, a secondary breast cancer sufferer who has decided to devote the remainder of her life to spreading joy, helping others to find happiness by fulfilling the wedding dreams of those who are terminally ill.

Naomi was 26 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her boyfriend Graham had proposed just two days earlier. After seven months of treatment Naomi was declared cancer free, only to receive the devastating news a few short months later that the disease had returned and was no longer curable. Her son, Devon, was just six days old. Thoughts of their wedding were the one thing that kept Naomi and Graham going, but the financial burden of terminal illness had made the reality of their special day seem impossible. However, in this time of darkness, the couple discovered the amazing generosity and selflessness of local companies as they rallied around and helped to organise and fund a dream wedding. Their kindness was overwhelming.

Determined not to die in vain, Naomi began fund-raising, ultimately setting up her own charity with the mission of spreading the joy she had experienced on her big day. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation was formed, and Naomi now organises and funds weddings for those affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses, helping them to enjoy married life before it’s too late.

Inspiring, heart warming and incredibly moving, this story will show you the true meaning of love.

‘Everyone has the right to marry the love of their life, but you don’t realise just how important it is until you are told you are dying.’

(Product description from Amazon.co.uk).

To pre-order your copy of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’, please click here. Your copy will be sent directly to your phone, Kindle, or e-reader on the 6th June. How exciting!

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We raised how much??

We are thrilled to announce that the total raised at the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards was over £1,200 – wow! This amount was achieved via an auction, raffle, and through donations made during the hilarious games of Heads and Tails.

A huge thank you to everybody who was involved in the organisation and hosting of the awards, as well as every single guests in attendance. You helped to make the event unforgettable and successful experience.

Keep your eyes peeled for next year’s event, which will be announced in due course.

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Volunteer wanted!

Ever fancied helping out at the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation?

Here at the office we are looking for a volunteer to give approximately 6 hours (or more, if you would like) per week unpaid work to the charity.

The ideal candidate must be able to get to the office in Wellington, or possibly Exeter, for a designated number of shifts per week. You should be computer literate, with a good knowledge of Word, Excel, and Dropbox, as well as being passionate about the work we undertake.

It is essential for candidates to demonstrate a caring and compassionate nature, due to the nature of our charitable work, and our ideal volunteer will also be able to demonstrate a polite and confident telephone manner.

Before you consider applying for this vacancy, please bear in mind that you must be able to commit to this position on a longterm basis.

Days and hours of work can flexible to a certain extent.

To apply please send an up-to-date C.V and covering letter to:

F.A.O The Board of Trustees
The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
Exeter Business Centre
39 Marsh Green Road West
Exeter
Devon
EX2 8PN

We look forward to hearing from you, and meeting you soon.

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Fundraising Inspiration – Run a mile (or two) for us

At the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, we are always excited to hear about your fundraising efforts – nothing makes us smile more than hearing about your dedication to raising funds for our organisation.

Just in case you were searching for inspiration for your next event, though, we thought we’d share a few upcoming fundraisers with you – see how these tickle your fancy!

The London 2 Brighton Challenge gives participants the opportunity to walk, run, or jog the 100kms from Richmond, West London, to Brighton. Take in the sights, make some new friends, and push yourselves to achieve something that little bit special. A new challenge of 56km, from Richmond to Tulley’s Farm, Turner’s Hill, has been added to the challenge this year for those who want to break themselves in gently. The challenge is due to begin on the morning of 24th May 2014, with many participants hoping to complete the course within 24 hours.

Covering a distance of 5km, The Bridgwater Half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 7th September 2014. Again, walkers, joggers, and runners are invited to participate in this fantastic event, raising money for a great cause while having lots of fun.

Always fancied being a superhero? Well now you can be, and while raising valuable funds for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation – it doesn’t get any more super than that! The annual Super Hero Run 2014 will be taking place in London’s Regent’s Park on 18th May. A registration fee of £22 is required, although this will include a FREE super hero outfit for all participants. We’re pretty sure that fundraising has never been such fun.

Taking place on the 27th April 2014, The Plymouth Half Marathon passes by some of the city’s most famous and beautiful sights and monuments. What could be better than raising money while treading the coastal paths, navigating the famous harbour, or rambling through some truly stunning National Trust land? We’re stumped too!

We are looking for teams and individuals who would like to enter any of the above in our honour. Please contact info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk to register your interest, or to let us know what you will be doing to raise money for the charity.

Details of further fundraising events can be found here, along with all the information you need about getting involved. Entries to the Bath Half Marathon, as run by Zoe Bromiley and Mike Parry this year, are now open too – never has there been a better time to get fit.

Zoe and Mike raised a fantastic £145 for us during their Bath Half, and we couldn’t be more pleased or proud of them.

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Yet another big thank you…

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to the Executive Guild of Toastmasters and Town Criers for their amazing donation of £280. The Guild, including member David Stallworthy, has done a tremendous amount for us over the last couple of years, so we are over the moon with their generous cheque, which was presented to Naomi by Vice Presidents Peter York and Eric Gill on the evening of the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. 

Additionally, we were delighted to hear that President Bob Bayliss has nominated the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation as his charity of the year. We were, of course, thrilled by the news, and look forward to an exciting year working with this fantastic Guild.

We really cannot rate the Guild’s members highly enough and suggest you consider them for your next event.

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Read all about it! Naomi the author

We are extremely excited to announce that Naomi’s book, ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner: Fighting against the odds to help others make their dreams come true’, is now available to pre-order via Amazon.

Due to be released by HarperTrue Life on 5th June 2014 the book charts Naomi’s life since her first cancer diagnosis in 2009, detailing her experiences with her illness, the birth of her gorgeous son, and her subsequent marriage to soul mate Graham. The book will also take you on the journey of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, from a single idea to the amazing success it is today. 

To pre-order this inspiring read for just 99p, please click here.

Every Avenue

We are also proud to share with you news of Naomi’s new column in Every Avenue Weddings Magazine. Running each month in this fabulous new magazine, Naomi’s column will keep everybody up to date with details of the charity, as well as featuring beautiful wedding stories, and Naomi’s own opinions on the latest wedding trends and themes – it’s not to be missed!

Catch up with Issue 2, in which Naomi’s first column appears, here.

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The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards: Oh, what a night!

Friday 28th February, 2014
Wick Farm, near Bath

After months of preparation and excitement, the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards finally arrived – and what an amazing evening it was.

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Entering the venue via a path illuminated by glowing oil lamps, guests were teased with the magical evening in store soon after arriving at Wick Farm near Bath. Set in acres of stunning countryside, the medieval farm proved to be the perfect venue for the first annual Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards, providing an atmospheric location and warm hospitality.

DarrenDarren Campbell entertaining with his close-up magic

Once safely inside the stunning farmhouse, guests were given the chance to mingle with the very best of the local wedding industry. Glasses of Prosecco were provided to warm everyone up, while the talented Darren Campbell entertained with a close-up magic routine to rival Dynamo.

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With a swift word from the fantastic toastmaster, Dave Stallworthy, guests took to their seats – stopping at first to admire the gorgeous décor in the Upper Barn. After a quick game of “Heads and Tails”, dinner was served. And what a dinner it was! Supplied by Strawberry Field Catering, the three course meal comprised a starter of slow roasted pepper and tomato bruschetta with tarragon pesto, a delicious main of Chewton pork loin with juniper jus, roast potatoes and garlic and herb roasted root vegetables, and a dessert to die for; warm cherry bakewell with Marshfield ice cream. Divine! There was also a tot of Sheppy’s Cider  for guests to enjoy, which went down extremely well!

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Finally, the evening edged ever closer to the awards ceremony, opening with an inspirational speech by Lee Bishop of Strawberry Field. There was barely a dry eye in the room as he introduced Naomi and the charity, asking those present to dig deep and help wherever they could.

Lee BishopLee, of Strawberry Field Catering

And the winner is…

And so, without further ado, here are the winners of the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. All prizes were announced and awarded by Naomi herself; winners received a stunning engraved glass trophy – perfect for taking pride of place on any mantle piece.

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 Caterer of the year: The delectable Choco-Licious.

 Blogger of the year: The wonderful Capture By Lucy, who has helped to raise awareness of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via her Wedding Wednesdays blog posts.

Cake Designer of the year: Scrummy Mummy Cakes win one of the evening’s more delicious awards for their stunning, not to mention tasty, creations.

 Best outside bar: Suppliers of quality hospitality staff and a mobile bar for hire, the team at The Waiting Game thoroughly deserved their award.

 Best bridal accessories: The dazzling Bridezillas, who also supplied Naomi’s gorgeous accessories for the evening.

 Best hair and make up: Stacey Jade Hair for creating some truly stunning and unique looks.

Best wedding stationery: Bespoke stationery designer, Lucy Loves has created some amazing and unique designs for her couples.

 Best bridal boutique: A Class Brides Bridal Boutique, who supply a range of gorgeous gowns for brides in the local area.

 Gift list of the year: From home accessories, to electrical goods, furnishings, and honeymoon funds, Prezola has got your gift list covered.

Venue Stylist of the year: The Little Wedding Helper, for sheer creative flair and dedication to weddings across the region and beyond.

Best transport: Abacus Wedding Cars, for their wide array of fantastic wedding vehicles.

 Best entertainment (non music): Providing all the fun of the fete, Box Clever Wedding wins for sheer ingenuity when it comes to keeping couples and guests entertained.

Best musical entertainment: From waiters and chefs, to a security guard and police officers, the Bravo Singing Waiters have a range of characters ready to brighten any reception.

 Wedding planner of the year: A relative newcomer to the wedding circuit, Olivia of Host Event Management has got what it takes to plan the perfect wedding.

 Best videographer: Ben Pope of A Perfect Memory ensures that every moment of a couple’s wedding day can be captured and enjoyed forever.

 Florist of the year: Daisy Lane Floral Design is happy to recreate any look, masterfully designing floral arrangements to suit every occasion.

 Photographer of the year: Photographing every moment of a couple’s special day, Ruth Garner Photography adds a creative touch to every angle.

 Venue of the Year: Eastwood Park is situated within acres of meadow, woodland, and formal gardens, making it the perfect venue for couples wishing to say, “I do”.

 Special commendations were given to Iced Magic Cakes, South West Chair Covers, and Spirit Wedding Cars.

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The Wedding Wishing Well Appreciation Awards

Taking place directly after the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards, the Wedding Wishing Well Appreciation Awards aim to celebrate the contributions made by volunteers and fundraisers during the last year – after all, without their hard work and dedication, a lot of what we do would be impossible.

Once again Naomi took to the stage to present the awards.

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Going the Extra Mile Award: This was awarded to Louise Baker for her efforts to maintain our blog, and for helping to publicise the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via a series of press releases that have been used throughout online campaigns.

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George Watts, aka The Wedding Fairy; patron and presenter of the Going the Extra Mile Award

Supplier of the year: The team at Essential Events Hire has worked incredibly hard in the last couple of years, supporting our weddings and fundraising efforts wherever they can. We cannot thank them enough.

 Corporate Supporter of the year: We would like to thank Johnsons the Cleaners for supporting our Wedding Dress Amnesty, and for their tireless work towards helping the Foundation reach its goals.

Volunteer of the year: None other than Jo Robbins, an utterly wonderful and dedicated human being.

Fundraiser of the year: Who else, but Zoe Bromiley and Mike Parry. Their dedication to the Foundation has been absolutely overwhelming and we cannot thank them enough for their fundraising efforts.

Of course, a massive thank you needs to be given to every single volunteer, supplier, fundraiser and supporter. The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation exists because of those around it, and we are eternally grateful for your continued efforts.

As the last prize was awarded the rest of the evening’s entertainment got well underway, treating guests to yet more excitement. An auction, with prizes including a three night stay in an Exmoor cottage, a boudoir photo shoot, and a ski or snowboard lesson, raised yet more money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, while raffle winners took it in turns to choose some truly superb gifts that had been donated for the event.

The first annual Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards was then rounded off by a fabulous disco supplied by Rocka’s Roadhouse, with the opportunity for some fun photographs provided by Photodabek. It was a truly exceptional event, and every praise should be given to the fabulous Wick Farm, Strawberry Field Catering, Wedding Monkey, and Lyndsay Jones of Forever With Love, as well as each and every guest in attendance and those who helped to organise the evening and dress the venue. You made the evening a complete success, and we cannot thank you enough.

We hope to be able to update you all with the total raised on the night soon. It’s safe to say that the evening was a roaring success, though, and a date is already planned for next year’s event. Keep your eyes peeled and your diary to hand!

To see the evening’s festivities for yourself, follow this link for a fantastic video, courtesy of Wedding Day Movie.

Professional photographs, taken by the talented Ang Photography, can be found here, while further pictures by the amazing Eve Dunlop can be viewed on our Facebook page.

~ All photos used within this blog post were taken by Eve Dunlop ~

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February Fundraising – yet more great news!

We have had a brilliant start to 2014, with so many events and fundraisers going on.

Most recently Zoe Bromiley, Mike Parry, and their three gorgeous children ran the Bath Half Marathon Family Fun Run in just eight minutes. This is a fantastic achievement, and we are so proud of Zoe and Mike. They do so much to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation, and we couldn’t be more appreciative if we tried!

We have also received a fabulous donation from Emma Tasker, who raised £22.50 via sales of her Christmas cards – there are so many ways that you can get involved in raising funds, and we would like to thank Emma for being so creative.

The Guild of Professional Wedding Services recently presented the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation with a cheque for £155.60. Funds were raised via a charity raffle, as well as a voluntary entrance fee to their wedding fair on January 5th. An amazing result from the Guild, as always!

What can you give?

If you would like to donate to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation but have never had the time to participate in a fundraising event, why not consider a monthly donation to the charity? Quick and easy to set up, the monthly direct debit will go towards helping couples affected by terminal and life-limiting illnesses to marry their soul mates. What an amazing way to give back! Kerry-Ann Gilmour has recently signed up, and we can’t thank her enough.

Did you know…?

You can now nominate the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation at any branch of Asda or Waitrose. Their Community Project schemes aim to raise awareness of local charities and ventures, so we are excited at the possibility of reaching a whole new audience.

We would also like to take this opportunity to tell you all about our nomination for the National Lottery Awards. Each year, the organisation offers hundreds of projects across the country the opportunity to receive a massive £2,000 for their charity or venture, as well as the chance to appear on television to raise awareness of their cause – it is amazing to be nominated. Fingers crossed that we’re one of the lucky seven chosen to win an award!

Naomi and the team are also thrilled by the announcement that the Little Wedding Helper’s Wedding Tweet Ups will be raising money for the Foundation from now on. These informal and fun networking events are designed for anyone in the wedding industry; why not join in and raise some money while you’re at it?

Phew, what a lot of news! As always, we are eternally grateful to those who dedicate their time to raising money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and to those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of the charity. We couldn’t continue our valuable work without you, so THANK YOU.

Keep you eyes peeled for future events and fundraising news.