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Job Opportunity: Events Assistant

If you’re looking for a challenge this New Year, we might have one that is right up your street!

If you live in Devon, Cornwall, or Somerset, or can commit to travelling between the counties, we are looking for an Events Assistant to work from January to May, and October to December – could that be you? The role will involved travelling to wedding fayres and events throughout the South West, helping to raise awareness of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and we are looking for someone with confidence, compassion, and patience; a good communicator with a smartly turned out appearance, and a passion for speaking up about the causes you care about. The rate of pay is to be discussed.

The role of Events Assistant is required for Sundays, as well as the occasional Saturday, from 11am until 4pm – please be mindful that each stand also requires setting up, and packing away, which will also be expected from you.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk. The closing date is 25th January 2015, and we shall contact successful applicants for interview in due course.

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Fundraising with Indiegogo

“Indiegogo empowers people to activate the global community to make ideas happen. Then, we help you spread the word.”

We would like to tell you about a new fundraising initiative that The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has signed up to this year – Indiegogo. A little like Kickstarter and Crowdfunder, Indiegogo allows its users to create campaigns – if you have a dream, Indiegogo wants to share it – and gain support from the Internet community, receiving funding from around the world. Simply tell the world what your dream is, and Indiegogo will help you to achieve it. We are hoping to reach a few of our goals this year too, and have turned to Indiegogo to help.

Naomi tells us more: “Our registered charity is so unique that there are no avenues for us to apply for grants. All funds are raised by people like you – sponsored runs, walks, swims, or even things like this! We currently have to turn down 80% of applications due to lack of funds and high volume of people needing our help, and it breaks our hearts. We will offer you some great incentives in return for your donation; I’ve recently written a book “No Ordinary Wedding Planner”, and If you donate £20 I’ll send you a signed copy! For £50 we will send you your own Wedding Wishing Well t-shirt or hoodie, so that you can support our cause with pride.

More and more people are leaving marriage until later on in life. Things, and expense, often get in the way, and we take for granted that it will just happen one day. But illness creeps up when you least expect it, and our couples often find that getting married is their one and only last wish; for their children to know that mummy and daddy loved each other, and for a family to have a happy memory of the patient at a time when it has been such doom and gloom. A wedding can literally mean everything.”

As always, there are other ways that you can help The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation if you are unable to make a monetary contribution. If you work in the wedding industry and have a service that you’d be able to offer please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you are unable to make a larger donation, but would be able to commit to a regular direct debit of just £2, your help is equally appreciated.

If you would like to help, please visit Indiegogo’s website for more information, and to give a terminally ill bride or groom the wedding day of their dreams.

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The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation hits the airwaves

Naomi and her husband, Graham, recently took to the airwaves to discuss the charity’s year ahead, the upcoming Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards, the board of trustees, and The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Christmas Party, with Tone FM’s host Darren Daly.

You can listen to the interview again here.

We’d also like to take a moment to point you in the direction of Naomi’s latest interview with BB Radio Devon, in which she discusses recent news reports regarding cancer drug cuts. Our latest groom Paul, who sadly lost his wife Abbey shortly after their wedding, also contributes to this emotional debate.

You can listen again here.

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Treat a loved one, or yourself, this Valentine’s Day

With Christmas out of the way it’s time to start thinking about the romantic of all days – Valentine’s Day. As you may expect, we love the romance that Valentine’s Day brings, and adore feeling inspired by couples sharing they feelings and dedication towards each other.

If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, take a look at Tasmia Trinkets and Charms, a company that delights in providing bespoke jewellery, and accessories, featuring your own unique designs, handprints, fingerprints, and even paw prints.

What’s more, if you order your gift from Tasmia Trinkets and Charms using the code WISHING14 you’ll receive a 10% discount, while a further 10% will be donated to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. What could be more romantic than knowing your special present will help an amazing bride and groom to tie the knot?

Go on, treat yourselves.

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Fundraising Round Up

Let’s start the New Year as we mean to go on… with a little fundraising!

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody who was involved with The Bristol Pavilion Wedding Showcase. They raised a brilliant £74.68 for us; a fantastic achievement.

We’d also like to thank Tesco for their donation of £1,000 to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. This donation comes as part of Naomi’s nomination for Tesco’s Mum of the Year. While Naomi, sadly, didn’t win this year, to be nominated, and to reach the shortlist, is an amazing achievement – we are all so very proud of her, and know that the recognition really toucher her heart.

Keep your fundraising news and ideas rolling in – let’s make 2015 the best year yet!

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Run for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

January; a month to make resolutions, try something new, and feel great about the year ahead. If you’ve recently resolved to get a little healthier, or have promised yourself that you’ll do a little more for charity, we’d like to point you in the direction of some upcoming events, all of which can be run in aid of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

From 5km Fun Runs, to 100km challenges, there is something for everyone – what better way to inspire you to get a little healthier? Many of us find training much easier if we have a little something to work towards, so please consider taking up the challenge for us. Once you’ve registered for your chosen event please contact us on info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk, and we will gladly help you to set up a fundraising page and tell people about your training adventure.

Don’t fancy running? There are numerous fundraising events planned for this year, so take a look and be inspired.

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Win your Hertfordshire Wedding!

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Do you, or your partner, live in Hertfordshire? Are you currently planning your dream wedding? If you can answer, “yes” to both of these questions you should be visiting The Forum, in Stevenage, on the 21st February for the launch of the Win Your Hertfordshire Wedding competition.

Worth in excess of £10,000, the package includes everything from a wedding dress, bridal hair and make up, stationery, catering, and photography, to wedding flowers and centrepieces, chair covers, a photo Booth, sweet Buffet, wedding Cake, wedding Car, room decor, a live singer and disco, burrito buffet and, of course, The Forum venue; this is a fantastic opportunity to experience the wedding of your dreams, absolutely FREE.

A complete list of suppliers can be found here, although we strongly suggest heading to The Forum in February to see for yourself; it’s bound to be a great evening. You are cordially invited to attend both the wedding fair, which takes place between 11am-3pm, and the launch night itself, from 6pm. The latter includes an auction and raffle, with some amazing prizes. All proceeds raised will be donated to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

Visit http://www.winyourhertfordshirewedding.co.uk, or the event’s Facebook page, to find out more, and to register your interest in the event.

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Launching on 9th January at 8am… WeddingAuction.org.uk!

You may remember our summer teaser regarding a very exciting photo shoot that took place in Exeter, featuring over 600 stunning wedding gowns and 9 beautiful models. Still keen to find out more? Well the wait is over! We are excited to announce the launch of WeddingAuction.org.uk, a fantastic new auction site dedicated to wedding gowns, bridal party outfits, and accessories – in fact, just about any wedding-related item that you can think of!

Each item has been lovingly photographed and catalogued, allowing you to browse and bid with confidence. The site will also aim to suggest other items that you may wish to purchase; if you find your dream dress, we may just have the veil, tiara and shoes to match!

How does it work?

WeddingAuction.org.uk has been designed to be as simple to use as possible, operating in much the same way as other popular auction sites.

First, browse for the item you want – there will soon be a wide range of content added, so be sure to have a cup of tea to hand! When you have found an item you wish to bid on, simply proceed to the Account Set-Up page and either log in or register; it’s really that easy! Email notifications will be used to keep you up-to-date on your bidding progress, including instances when you have been outbid or won your chosen item.

Our auction site is different – Every penny that is raised during the sale of items on the auction site will be donated directly to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, ensuring that couples affected by terminal or life-limiting illnesses are able to marry before it’s too late.

Donating your wedding items

If you have a gown, bridesmaids’ dresses, pair of shoes, or a collection of wedding accessories that you would like to donate for our auction site, please contact your nearest branch of Johnsons the Cleaners; they will be happy to pass anything on to us.

For more information, and to get bidding, please visit www.weddingauction.org.uk.

A word from our suppliers…

We would like to thank Tasha Newland of Ikonworks Photography, Pumpkin and Pye, Photography Floor and Backdrops, Tracy Pallari Hair and Makeup, and Heather Manning of Beautiful Daze Hair and Makeup for their hard work during the photo shoot, as well as Johnsons for their continued support. The photo shoot just wouldn’t have been possible without you, or the nine stunning volunteers who came forward to have their photos taken – thank you!

Tasha says, ”When Naomi asked if I would like to be involved in the initial stages of making this project happen, I was so excited and honoured that words were simply not enough.  I am immensely proud of my friend Naomi, and this was absolutely something I wanted to be involved in – both now at this early stage, and repeatedly in the future. Naomi is, after all, creating a legacy in The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, and projects such as this are the sort of thing I live for! I can’t wait to find out what people think of the auction site, and would love for it to become a national phenomenon. Please cherish and encourage it, honour our aspirations for it, and help us to fulfill people’s dreams now and always.”

Tracy says, ”I’ve been a supported of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation for several years but haven’t felt able to actively help them until now, as I’m not a runner, walker, cyclist, or climber. Naomi was looking for hair and makeup artists for this shoot and I cancelled a booking to go to Exeter for the day, as I knew this was a way I could use my skills and passion to help. I spent the day creating several different looks for the girls who were modelling the dresses and headpieces for the website, and I enjoyed every moment; working with Naomi, Tasha and the models was great fun! During a quick break it suddenly occurred to me that I was incredibly lucky to be able to play a part in the launch of this project; if I could help the models to feel fabulous and look stunning in the dresses, then they would really enjoy being photographed. If that helps to sell dresses and raise money for this amazing charity, then I am really happy that I’ve been able to help in my own way.”

Heather says, “This was such a great shoot to work on. It was a lovely feeling to be doing something like that for a charity such as the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, because it benefits so many people. I got in touch with Naomi back in October, asking if she needed any help with photo shoots for the charity. When she contacted me and asked me to be involved with this one I jumped at the chance! Not only will my work hopefully benefit the charity, it was a great experience for me to be able to work on such a busy shoot – I loved it!”

Natasha of Pumpkin and Pye says, “My little sister, Becky, died from terminal cancer at the age of 10, when I was 12 years old. I can still remember all of the little things that people did for her, and for our family; these things really made a difference, especially for Becky, and allowed her to be able to do and see things that she otherwise wouldn’t have. I’ve always supported charities and, now that I have my own business, wanted to see if there was any way that I could help with those little things. That’s when my husband told me about Naomi and The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. I contacted her to offer wedding flowers or alternative bouquets for weddings or events, and Naomi asked if I would be able to provide the flowers for this photo shoot, as well as a bouquet for her wedding vow renewal. It was a privilege to be able to help her, and a pleasure to be able to give something back. I hope that my bouquets can help towards creating happy memories for people.”

WeddingAuction.org.uk will be launching at 8am on Friday, 9th January 2015.