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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.

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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…

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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!

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No Ordinary Wedding Planner; A phenomenal response

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It is just under a week since our very own Naomi Thomas added ‘published author’ to her repertoire, and already No Ordinary Wedding Planner is inspiring readers from across the country – and further afield.

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Released a little under a week ago, No Ordinary Wedding Planner is already receiving some fantastic reviews from those who have read the book and been inspired by Naomi’s story. All of the feedback left on Amazon can be found here and here – just look at those five star reviews! We have gathered a small selection of the reviews for you below; they are a true testament to Naomi’s inspirational attitude, tireless hard work, and strength of character, not to mention her humour and way with words!

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Very uplifting and inspirationalMakes you realise that things are sometimes not as black as they are painted and things happen for a reason. I was diagnosed with the BRCA gene at 42 and had my breasts removed, I was devastated and since then most have my family have also got the gene including 2 of my children. But now I realise that we are the lucky ones and have been given a second chance. Good luck with your charity and hope you have many more years with your lovely family making memories x

I couldn’t put it downWell, I read this book in one evening, a truly captivating, emotional read. Naomi is inspirational and although I was diagnosed with a different type of cancer, the book has made me look far more positively at life and be thankful everyday. Thank you Naomi for sharing your story.”

An inspiring bookAn amazing, inspiring book. Naomi has a massive heart and despite her illness, she still works hard to make other peoples dreams come true. Thank-you for helping my dreams come true. The sad circumstances don’t change the fact that I’m now married to the man I love and you helped with that.”

Restores your faith in humanity, love and selflessness!Wow, what can I say?! This story made me smile, made me cry, gave me goosebumps and inspired me! What a truly remarkable woman you are Naomi and sounds like Graham is one in a million too. If you want to be inspired and have some faith restored in love, humanity and selflessness, then this is a must read!!!!”

Naomi captures the heart of a nation

Never one to sit back and relax, Naomi has been subject to a barrage of local and national press in the week since No Ordinary Wedding Planner was released. It has been fantastic to have the support of the media, both locally and across the UK; you can catch up with the articles dedicated to Naomi here: Daily Mail, and Female First, while our inspirational founder has also been busy on screen and air: ITV West Country, Taunton’s Tone FM, BBC Radio Somerset.

Keep your eyes peeled on The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’s Facebook Page; more appearances and articles will be announced in due course.

Support No Ordinary Wedding Planner

If you have yet to buy a copy of Naomi’s book, please do so here. If you have purchased, and read, No Ordinary Wedding Planner then please be sure to leave a review; there is a real possibility of a longer version being published in book format if the e-book receives enough positive feedback. Please help Naomi’s dream to be realised.

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‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’ is here

It’s finally here; Friday 6th June 2014 marks the official launch of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’, the debut book by Naomi Thomas.

‘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.’

A Harper Collins True Life Short Read, ideal to enjoy over an evening or two, ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’ details Naomi’s life from the turn of 2009, a year in which she met the love of her life, only to receive the devastating news that she had breast cancer. While she makes no secret of her battles with secondary breast cancer in every day life, this book has been Naomi’s opportunity to speak frankly of her hopes and fears for the future, as well as her chance to provide some fascinating insights into the charity that she founded in 2012; The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

If you pre-ordered your copy of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’, then it will have been delivered to your Kindle, e-reader, or electronic device already; in fact, the chances are that you are settling down with a huge cup of tea to enjoy the book as we speak. If you have yet to purchase your copy please don’t worry – it is still available to buy from Amazon, either for download straight on to your Kindle, to be delivered directly to your phone or tablet via the iBook app, or onto your computer or e-reader.

Harper Collins, publisher of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’, has released this official blurb:

“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.’”

To read Naomi’s moving story, please purchase your copy of ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’ from the Amazon Store today. This beautiful story costs just 99p, and will be delivered directly to your Kindle, e-reader, smart phone, or computer.

You can find out more about The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation via their website and Facebook page, or by contacting the team directly on info@weddingwishingwell.org.uk.

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The Independent on Sunday’s Happy List

We are delighted to announce that our very own Naomi Thomas was recently revealed to be one of those nominated for the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List, a collection of very special individuals that are dedicated to giving a little something back.

According to the Independent on Sunday, the Happy List (NOT the Rich List) was, “Founded as an antidote to all those rich lists and celebrity lists, [celebrating] a different set of values, embracing those who start charities, help troubled youngsters, give huge amounts of time to volunteering and raising money, foster children, care for wildlife, and much more.”

Featuring young and old alike, the list is a compelling and inspirational testament to those who are committed to helping others. We couldn’t be any prouder of Naomi if we tried, and it’s wonderful to have all of her hard work and determination recognised on this scale.

For a complete guide to the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List 2014, please click here – prepare to be inspired.

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Naomi’s cycle challenge; an update

We thought you may like a little update from the Alcoa in Motion Family Bike Ride, which took place on Sunday 25th May. Starting at the Alcoa Howmet building in Kestrel Way, Naomi and her fellow riders took on a series of cycle paths towards Exmouth Seafront, where a picnic and games were laid on.

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Naomi says, “I hadn’t ridden a bike for so long, which itself provided a massive challenge! I also had to take into account the physical toll that this challenge would have. Up until now I have predominately challenged myself mentally – this was whole experience! My cancer is located in my spine and pelvis, which puts a massive strain on my back, so I knew that the ride wasn’t going to be easy at all. Our route of 11 miles turned out to be nearer 14.5 miles, plus I was pulling Devon in a trailer behind me. The day ended up being a much bigger challenge than first expected, and I couldn’t have done it without the support of those who rode alongside me. I am so proud of what we achieved.”

And so you should be, Naomi! Naomi raised a fantastic £593 in sponsorship money, and was presented with a grant for $2,500 by Alcoa in Motion – a massive boost to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.

A gallery of photos can be found here. Of course, it’s still not too late to show your support for Naomi and her cycling companions. If you can spare any money, no matter how small or large the donation, please click here.

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Every Avenue Wedding Magazine

This is just a little reminder that you can read Naomi’s new column in Every Avenue Wedding Magazine, which is available to read here.

Every Avenue is a fantastic online wedding magazine, which is packed with new trends, hints and tips, inspiration, real weddings, competitions, and more. The magazine is completely free to view, although the lovely team do ask that, should you enjoy the publication, you make a small donation of £1 to the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation – we are so grateful for their support.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition, which should be available at the beginning of June.