Fundraising News

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.

 

Advertisements
Fundraising News

More fundraising news!

It’s that time again – we have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve been shown recently, and would like to share some fantastic achievements and upcoming events with you.

Upcoming fundraisers

Calling all quiz-fans; Walkabout in Exeter will be hosting a brilliant general knowledge quiz night next Friday, 25th July. Organised and hosted by the lovely Emma, the evening promises to be full of fun and trivia, with a percentage of money being donated to the Foundation. Pop in and try your luck, or have fun guessing!

We would like to say a massive thank you to the stunning Jo Cooke of Curves and Couture Bridal, who will be shaving her hair off in aid of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. You can read Jo’s story here, and we really hope you’ll join us in supporting her as she makes this sacrifice – you can also donate via the website.

Thank you to…

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jemma Harrison for hosting a fantastic fundraiser for us recently. Her Tropic Pamper Event raised £378 for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, as well as offering a host of lovely ladies some truly relaxing treatments, and gorgeous products to buy – we can’t wait until the next one!

A massive thank you should also go out to our very own Laura Hutchings; her Music Holiday School orchestra performed a concert on 21st June and raised £228.80 for us – thank you to all involved, it was a brilliant evening.

10555121_10154392031570576_1968310352_n

 

Our lovely Laura

Thank you, My Summer Wish! Organised by London events agency Little red Napkin and lifestyle blogger Daniela Bonetto, this fabulous event was held in aid of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. While we have yet to tot up the amount raised, we are so excited to have been a part of it and will keep you all posted.

A special mention should go to the lovely Keri Anne, who recently ran the Race for Life with Naomi’s name on her back; we love to see the different things that people have been doing to get behind Cancer Research and the similar organisations joining in the fight against cancer; together, we can beat it.

If you’ve been inspired to raise a pound (or two) for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, please contact us on info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk – we love to hear about your fundraisers, and are thrilled that so many of you are interested in helping our special couples.

DON’T FORGET…

You can help The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation simply by attending a wedding this summer – it’s that easy! Whether you’re the bride or groom, a member of the bridal party, or a supplier, don’t forget to take a wedding selfie this summer, sending it to us via the hashtag #wedwishselfie. You can then make a donation straight to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation by texting ‘WISH09 £2’ to 70070.

A gallery of selfies can be found here.

Fundraising News

Say, “Cheese”, and raise a bundle for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

As the wedding season enters its peak, the chances are you’ll have been invited to at least one wedding this year, or will be taking part in several upcoming nuptials as a supplier. If so, we want to hear from you – introducing The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s ‘Summer of the Wedding Selfie’, launched in collaboration with Johnsons the Cleaners.

The ‘selfie’ has played a massive role in fundraising circles this year so far. The trend of the ‘No make up selfie’ raised a staggering £8million for Cancer research in just six days back in March, while the more recent ‘Thumbs up for Stephen’ campaign helped the inspirational teenager to raise more than £4million for the Teen Cancer Trust.

We loved seeing so many selfies raising money for such worthwhile causes, and would like to encourage you all to keep on snapping – say, “Cheese!” Whatever your role in the upcoming nuptials, be it as the bride or groom, as a bridesmaid or groomsman, vicar, guest, or supplier, we can’t wait to see your selfie; the funnier they are, the better! Perhaps you’d like to involve a whole group of people, a la Ellen’s Oscar Selfie, or are a gentleman keen to don a wedding dress of your own; the sky’s the limit!

How will my selfie help The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation?

We hope that your Wedding Selfies will help to raise much-needed awareness of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation; let’s get sharing! We are also asking that you make a small donation of just £2 along with every selfie submitted. It may not seem much, but can you imagine how much we could raise if every guest at a wedding sent their selfie and donated £2? Your donation will help a couple affected by a terminal, or life-limiting, illness to experience the wedding day of their dreams. It really will make all the difference as they start a new chapter of their lives together.

Image

 

photo

photo2

Having recently renewed her wedding vows, our very own Naomi would like to kick start the campaign with her own Wedding Selfie; what a gorgeous couple, and a very cheeky Devon in the background! Feeling inspired yet? Then get out there with your camera and enjoy the day!

Here are a few more wedding selfies to inspire you…

photo8

photo7

photo6

photo5

photo3

I’ve taken my selfie – what should I do now?

You can send your selfie to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #wedwishselfie. To donate, please text ‘WISH09 £2′ to 70070.

We’d love for the Wedding Selfie to spread far and wide this summer. Once you’ve taken yours, why not share it with Facebook or Twitter to encourage friends, family, or even celebrities to follow suit? We can’t wait to see your pictures!

Fundraising News

Calling all divas and homebodies; Come on an adventure for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Are you a little too fond of your home comforts? Would you like to escape into the wilderness and learn some new skills? Do you fancy raising lots of money for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation while leaving the confines of your comfort zone? Then we may just have the perfect challenge for you…

At The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation HQ we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways for our supporters to raise money. Introducing ’24 Hours in the Wild’, one of Adventure 360 UK’s most popular adventure courses. Teaching basic survival skills including shelter building and fire starting, as well as axe and knife work, foraging, stalking animals and trapping, and night navigation, the course is designed to test participants to their limits for 24 hours – there are no home comforts under the stars, so be sure to build a waterproof shelter!

 ’24 Hours in the Wild’ will be held right in the heart of Dartmoor; participants will be able to escape from it all while learning some key survival skills and raising much-needed funds for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Adventure 360 UK lays on a fantastic camp, which features a continuous fire and plenty of seating. All food will be provided by the course leaders – even nibbles – so don’t worry if your stalking isn’t quite up to scratch…

It costs just £125 per person to be enrolled on one of Adventure 360 UK’s ’24 Hours in the Wild’ courses, although this will be refunded should a minimum sponsorship amount of £500 be raised. Participants must raise a minimum of £100 in order to be eligible for the course.

For more information please email info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk, or visit Adventure 360 UK’s website. The courses will be taking place between 28th-29th June and 19th-20th July. There are just 12 spaces available on the ’24 Hours in the Wild’ course, so be sure to book on quickly.

Fundraising News

Thank you to the Broad Street Belles and Blokes!

We recently received notification that The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation has been chosen as the charity of choice by The Broad Street Belles and Blokes, two fantastic charity calendars featuring the current and ex-staff, regulars and locals of The Squire Inn, Chipping Sodbury. These cheeky calendars do absolute wonders for the charities they support, as well as being a fantastic way of keeping your year in check.

We appreciate their pledge of help and can’t wait to see 2015’s offerings!

To find out more visit The Broad Street Belles and The Broad Street Blokes Facebook pages.

The Squire Inn, Chipping Sodbury.

 

Fundraising News

Get down to Sainsbury’s and support The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

You may well have seen the campaigns currently running in branches of Waitrose and Asda, enabling communities to support and fundraise for charities in their locality. We were excited to discover that Sainsbury’s will now be offering this service to its customers; why not select The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation as your branch’s nominated charity?

Please contact your local branch of Sainsbury’s to find out how you can submit The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation as your charity choice.  

Fundraising News

Take on the 3 Peaks Challenge for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

For all of the walkers among you, we may just have the ultimate challenge – fancy scaling the highest mountains in England, Wales, and Scotland within 24 hours, all to raise money for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation? You should try the Three Peaks Challenge! Providing some truly breathtaking scenery along the way, the challenge will really push you to your limits – but boy, is it worth it! Tackle the summits of Ben Nevis (1344m), Scafell Pike (978m), and Snowdon (1085) across a period of two days (yes, that means taking on Scafell Pike in the dark!) from 13th-15th September 2014 and do something amazing for a couple in need.

An example itinerary, as well as a rundown of what’s included, can be found on the ‘Do it for Charity’ site. General information regarding the Three Peaks Challenge can be found here.

The registration fee for this challenge is just £99, with a sponsorship level of £600.