MOST people’s wedding day sees the blushing bride and groom showered with gifts and confetti.
But a Wrexham couple had a different idea and have raised enough money to feed more than 100 people after asking for donations at their wedding.
Gary King, 51, and Jo Sherlock-King, 47, of Cemetery Road, Rhos, were married on May 17 at St Mary’s Church, Johnstown.
But in a change from tradition they decided to use the day to help poverty-hit families struggling to put food on their tables.
The couple asked their 85 wedding guests not to buy them a gift, instead asking them to make a donation to Wrexham Foodbank. The donations totalled almost £1,000.
The bride also ditched the traditional white wedding dress in favour of walking down the aisle in white jeans and a linen shirt, with the hundreds of pounds she would have spent on the dress donated to the foodbank.
Jo, who along with Gary works as a carer for children, explained the thinking behind their charitable decision.
“It was such a refreshing wedding day and everyone embraced it,” she said.
“We’ve been together for eight years, so we’ve already got a toaster, an ironing board, and glasses and plates.
“We received so many donations and we also donated the money we’d saved on a wedding dress and a car, which came to £300.
“We’ve both had such a good feeling since we started the fundraising, it feels like we’ve given something back.”
The couple’s donation of just under £1,000 has bought the Salvation Army 840kg of food, with an average three-day food parcel weighing in at 8kg.
Karen Edwards, community co-ordinator at Wrexham’s Salvation Army, said the foodbank had been overwhelmed by the donation.
“It is fantastic and we can’t thank Jo and Gary enough,” she said.
“We receive many generous donations and great support from the people of Wrexham but this was a first in terms of a couple donating a part of their wedding day to the Salvation Army.
“This was a particularly nice gesture and has actually led to another similar donation from a couple who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversay.
“Jo and Gary’s donation is enough to feed 35 families for up to