Bride to be Laura Imeson has shunned his and hers towels, matching place mats and silver candlesticks, instead asking her wedding guests to donate to a charity close to her heart.
Laura and her fiancé James Mitchell are encouraging their 240 guests who have been invited to their wedding on May 24 to give a donation to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice where Laura works as a doctor, and where James’ aunt was cared for several years ago.
Laura said: “We both have our own homes in Stamford so there is very little we actually need. We have put a few items on our wedding list, but we’re hoping a lot of people choose to make a donation to Thorpe Hall in lieu of buying us a gift.”
Laura works at Thorpe Hall in Longthorpe, Peterborough, providing care to patients from across the region. She and James, a chemistry teacher at Bourne Grammar School, were engaged last October and are now in the final stages of planning their big day.
They will marry at St George’s Church in Stamford which will also host their reception.
“This is a very exciting time for us as we start our new life together.” said Laura. “We’re both pleased that we can use the occasion to raise money for what I know first hand is such a worthwhile cause.”
Money donated on their big day will go straight to the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal raising money to build a new hospice.
Suzanne Ostler from Thorpe Hall will also be raising funds for the hospice by running the London Marathon on Sunday. To make a donation visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/suzanneostler.
l Turn to pages 14 and 15 for a full round-up of all the London Marathon runners.