Couples wedding day gift to disabled children’s charity
A recently married couple from Silkmore, in Stafford, have raised over £1,200 for disabled children after refusing gifts on their wedding day.
Leah and David Stubbs, ‘tied the knot’ at the home of one of David’s grandparents in Purley on Thames, Berkshire, on Saturday 28th July, with over 100 family and friends in attendance.
The couple decided that they would ask guests to donate to a charity, rather than buy a wedding gift, whilst planning their wedding earlier this year.
“David and I had a chat and we decided that we didn’t need people to buy us presents,” said Leah, aged 24. “We’ve lived together for a while now and we have everything that we need.
“We thought that it would be lovely to incorporate a charity into our wedding day and we were both really keen that it would be a local cause.”
The couple wanted the money raised to have an impact on the local community and as Leah, an adult care worker in Stone, explained they found what they believed would be the perfect charity online. “We came across Caudwell Children, a Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
“The life-changing services that they provide to disabled children in the area is remarkable.”
The couple, who met in 2013 whilst volunteering on a summer holiday camp for children, in North Wales, decided to set up a Just Giving page and added the address to their wedding invitations.
David, a 25 year old programme administrator at Birmingham University, was delighted by the response. As he explained: “We’re both thrilled that our guests have been so generous and we can’t think of a more worthwhile charity for our money to go to.”
Now the couple are heading off on a well-deserved honeymoon. “We’re going away for a month in late August and we’re counting down the days,” said Leah. “We will be visiting Bali, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, it’s going to be incredible!”
Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, was delighted by the couple’s gesture. He said: “This is a wonderful way to raise funds and although their wedding is over the money is still coming in.
“They gave themselves a £1,500 target and they just need to raise a further £270 to smash it.
“This is a fantastic legacy from their magical day and it will help Caudwell Children to support even more disabled children in Stafford, and the surrounding area.
“Every single penny donated will help us to provide the life changing support that disabled children need to lead an active and independent life.”
You can support Leah and David’s fundraising through their Just Giving page here.