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Pair Launch Wedding Charity

Friday August 16 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

TWO friends have set up a charity organising free weddings for terminally ill people.

A Magical Wedding Wish has been founded by Catherine Evans and Vikki Sagar and the pair organise weddings free of charge to give dying people their last chance of happiness.

They both work in the wedding industry and are using their contacts and relying on donations of cash, wedding dresses and accessories.

Catherine's mother, Diane Bean, died of bowel cancer about ten years ago aged 54, and her sister Sharon, 30, died of an underlying heart condition about five years ago.

"We're going to kick-start it in Barnsley but hopefully expand all over the county," Catherine said. "We've got the contacts and some good friends in the business doing photography and flowers and things like that.

"I've known these wedding professionals for years and I would recommend them to brides in normal circumstances.

"The response we've had has taken over my life."

The pair are in the process of writing to hospices across Yorkshire in the hope staff will inform them if they're wanted.

Vikki, 40, of Quarry Street, Cudworth, is the owner of Sparkle and Shine, on Barnsley Road, Cudworth, and has organised weddings for ill people before, but said she felt guilty taking money from them.

"It's to give happiness and excitement before something happens to them.

"As brides will know, it can be a very stressful time planning a wedding, so we want to take that stress away too."

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Reply Posted by Brionys gift on Friday August 16 2013 at 12:57
Fantastic x

Reply Posted by me on Friday August 16 2013 at 13:04
well done you see there are good people out there in barnsley all the best in what yr doing.x

Reply Posted by ang on Friday August 16 2013 at 15:46
its amazing what youre doing for people who really luv one another and avnt long left on this world good luck to everyone in the future may they live long enough to spend every special moment together

Reply Posted by sue on Saturday August 17 2013 at 15:26
Thats fantastic news, good luck to u both xx

Reply Posted by Gazza on Monday August 19 2013 at 13:43
What a lovely idea. I see you have your photographers but I will be willing to step in and help if you are short and If I am not booked on the day

Reply Posted by GAZZA on Monday August 19 2013 at 14:01
Sorry its JG Photography

Reply Posted by dale on Thursday August 22 2013 at 20:06
That's so nice of those two people organising weddings for free for those who are terminally ill. I wish them to best of success.

Reply Posted by Holly hand on Thursday August 22 2013 at 20:38
Sparkle and shine did my wedding decorations and they were amazing and stress free. To know that a bridal party will get that type of service on their only chance to get married is fantastic. Well done vikki and Catherine for helping families have last memories that they would never have without you! X

Reply Posted by judy appleton on Thursday August 22 2013 at 21:30
what a fantastic gesture i wish u all the luck my brother died of term illness 5 years ago a massive well done

Reply Posted by Josie Wrigley on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:39
Would 49 year old size 12 wedding dress be of use?
Worn once, crystallised satin plus beading & pearl decoration, needs cleaning.
Will await your reply.