MOST people’s wedding days see the blushing bride and groom showered with gifts and attention.
But one happy couple preparing to tie the knot will be using their big day to help others less fortunate – and there won’t even be a wedding dress in sight.
Gary King, 51, and Jo Sherlock, 47, of Cemetery Road, Rhos, are due to be married on May 17.
But in a change from tradition they have decided to use the day to help poverty-hit families struggling to put food on their tables.
The couple have asked their 85 wedding guests to refrain from buying them a wedding gift.
Instead they are asked to make a donation to Wrexham Foodbank.
The blushing bride-to-be has even made one major sacrifice – ditching the white wedding dress in favour of walking down the aisle in jeans and a T-shirt, with the hundreds of pounds she would have spent on the dress to be donated to the foodbank.
Miss Sherlock, who along with her fiance works as a carer for children, explained the thinking behind their charitable decision.
“It started last September when our children, who go to Ysgol Maes y Mynydd [in Rhos], came home asking for contributions for the foodbanks,” she said. “From there we decided to share our wedding with as many people as possible.
“We’re both sick to death of people getting down on foodbanks and hearing all the bad news stories about them.
“Let’s not dehumanise people who use foodbanks, let’s help them.”
It seems both the families of both the bride and groom-to-be are all on board with the charity-spirited wedding idea.
“The response from family and friends has been fantastic,” added Miss Sherlock.
“We’ve lived together for years and have all kind of household items – we don’t need another toaster but there are other people out there who are desperate for things like that.”
Miss Sherlock has already got the donation pot rolling, by putting the £300 set aside for wedding clothes into the foodbank fund.
The couple will wed at St Mary’s Church, Johnstown.
Miss Sherlock, originally from Liverpool, said the pair have felt like “they have come home” since moving to Rhos.
“We love it here and thought this was the perfect chance to give something back,”
she said. “We’re just two ordinary people doing something for those with very little.”
Ian McCredie, of Wrexham foodbanks, said: “We are continually amazed by the different ways that people make donations to the food bank. Gary and Jo seem like a lovely couple and it’s fantastic that they’ve decided to use their big day as a chance to raise some donations for the food bank.
“We hope they have a long and happy marriage.”