Aimee has stomach cancer. She’s requested the doctors not tell her exactly how long she has left.
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Their wedding was organised by Gift Of A Wedding, a Manchester-based charity set up by Patricia Harrison in 2012.
Patricia tells BuzzFeed: “My setting up this charity was a complete fluke.”
“I was talking to my husband’s secretary: she told me about a 27-year-old she knew who had brain cancer. He needed a wedding quickly. His family had put out a call for help, but had only raised £2,500. I owned a wedding planning business and knew lots of people in the industry, so I thought I’d see if they could help.”
“I thought I’d get 10% off things or something – instead everyone said they do things for free.”
“We were all in the industry, we know how lucrative it can be. The key thing was I wasn’t asking for money, I was asking for goods and services. I just thought it would be easier. We just organised our last wedding at the end of July, and we thought we’d struggle: we didn’t. No-one’s asked us for a penny – including all the big high street firms, like Next, BHS, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. I want us to become the industry’s charity of choice.”
So far Patricia has organised six weddings since the charity’s first, in 2013. But she needs your help.
She says: “The biggest thing people can do is donate dresses. If a bride wants a specific dress, we may need to purchase it. As people are buying vintage, we’re planning to sell some to raise money.”
Find out more about the charity here.
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