Big-Hearted Helena Tenants Enjoy A Fundraising Wedding
A pair of newly-wed Helena tenants helped raise more than £820 for charity after asking family and friends to donate money instead of wedding presents.
Pat and Roy Rowlands, who live in Rainford, raised over £820, split between two of their favourite charities - Francis House Children's Hospice and Help for Heroes.
The couple met in 2007 and were married on the 19th May 2012 at Chadderton Town Hall in Oldham.
Pat explained: "We decided we were a bit too long in the tooth for presents and had everything that we needed, so we thought we'd like to help other people and support two charities close to us.
"Guests, family and friends have very kindly donated far more than we expected raising £460 for each charity."
Pat and Roy even themed their wedding around the two charities, using their combined colours of red, green, dark blue and light blue as the colour scheme for the invites, order of service, table decorations and ribbons around the wedding cake.
Family and friends of the couple agreed donating to charity was a great idea.
Pat said: "Francis House Children's Hospice is very close to my heart, and as a family we've always supported the hospice over the years. I would encourage anyone to do this as a way of giving something back."
Roy, who was as in the army for 17 years as a royal military policeman, added: "People want to give something, so we'd rather them give it to charity than to us as we've got what we need."
The couple brought along the money they raised to the South Manchester hospice and were shown around the facilities by its Chief Executive, Revd. David Ireland.
David said: "We rely on people like Pat, Roy and their family and friends for their fantastic support. The hospice cares for over 230 sick children and their families a year from all over the North West."
05 July 2012
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